Introduction

The Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation Standing Committee (MIGCITPOL) offers a unique forum to researchers working in the fields of migrants’ access to citizenship and political participation in sending and receiving societies. 

MIGCITPOL’s core mission is to compare how citizenship status and rights are legally regulated, and explore how the resulting institutional opportunity structure influences migrants’ access to naturalization and their political participation in home and host countries. Our SC thus combines a top-down analytical approach aiming to understand how underlying regulations regarding naturalization and enfranchisement evolve over time and across countries with a bottom-up focus on migrants’ practices of engagement in electoral and non-electoral mobilisations aiming at influencing the political decision-making process.

Our approach is comparative and aims to cover all regions of the world affected by international migration. It is also transnational, paying symmetric attention to immigrants and emigrants, and to the institutional context in origin and receiving countries. Finally, it is multilevel because we encourage out members to look beyond the nation-state as the sole provider of citizenship and political participation rights.
The founders and past coordinators of MIGCITPOL laid the foundations of a buoyant research agenda on migrants’ access to citizenship and political participation. Our core mission is not only to build upon and expand these lines of inquiry, but also to take them in decidedly fresh direction. 

Names of coordinators

  • Gianni d’Amato (Director of the Swiss Forum for Migration, and Population Studies and of the NCCR on the move,  University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) [Leading coordinator]: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jean-Thomas Arrighi (Research Fellow, University of Neuchatel): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Ana Margheritis (Reader in International Relations at the University of Southampton, UK): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Luicy Pedroza (Research Fellow, GIGA, Germany): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Samuel David Schmid (PhD candidate and member of the IMISCOE PhD network, European University Institute): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Daniela Vintila (Postdoctoral Researcher, CEDEM-University of Liege, Belgium): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Names and institutional affiliations of (key) members 

To become a member, please contact Luicy Pedroza: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Angeliki Konstantinidou - CEDEM, University of Liege
  • Antoine Bilodeau - Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  • Christophe Leclerc - University of Maastricht
  • Elena Sanchez - CIDOB, Barcelona, Spain
  • Francesco Pasetti - CIDOB, Barcelona, Spain
  • Irina Ciornei - University of Bern
  • Jean-Michel Lafleur - University of Liege
  • Jeremias Stadlmair - University of Vienna
  • Maarteen Vink - University of Maastricht
  • Marco Martinello - CEDEM, University of Liege
  • Pau Palop - German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Germany
  • Rainer Bauböck  - European University Institute
  • Ricard Zapata-Barrero - Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Salomon Bennour - SFU, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • Swantje Falcke - University of Maastricht
  • Tudi Kernalegenn - UC Louvain
  • Laura Morales – Sciences-Po Paris, France
  • Inci Öykü Yener-Roderburg - Uni Duisburg-Essen/ Uni Strassbourg
  • Victoria Finn - Universidad Diego Portales/ Leiden University
  • Sebastián Umpierrez de Reguero - Universidad Diego Portales/ Universidad Casa Grande
  • Mari-Liis Jakobson - Tallinn University
  • Leif Kaler - Tallinn University
  • Santiago Pérez-Nievas - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid  

Agenda of activities

For the upcoming academic year (2019-2020), our main activities will be as follows:

  • Organizing Panels for the IMISCOE Annual Conferences
  • Linking MIGCITPOL with like-minded research networks within other academic associations (e.g. IPSA, ECPR, APSA, and ISA)
  • Creating the Annual Award for the best paper presented at the IMISCOE Annual Conference on topics related to MIGCITPOL. The winner will receive a €250 prize, awarded at the end of the Conference.
  • Establishing a new communication strategy on social media and recruiting new members
  • Organizing Thematic Workshops in one of our partner institutions on topical issue related to the core themes of the IP. Our first workshop, on International Comparisons of Immigrant Selectivity and Migrant Status Transitions’ is scheduled to take place in the Spring of 2020. 

Output

Call for MIGCITPOL-sponsored Panels, IMISCOE Annual Conference in Luxemburg 2020, around three main themes:

  1. Global trends in citizenship law: Comparative research on citizenship laws and citizenship rights, as well as access to formal political rights
  2. Transnational political participation: Engagement policies for diasporas and emigrants’ participation and representation in origin country politics
  3. Immigrants’ political participation: Immigrants’ political engagement and political mobilization for and against immigration in host countries

Call for upcoming Workshop on “International Comparisons of Immigrant Selectivity and Migrant Status Transitions” (scheduled for May 2020). The workshop will bring together ’old’  and ‘new’ members from regions and disciplines that are, to this date,  under-represented within the IMISCOE. While no arrangement has been made to date, we aim to publish the contributions to the Workshop as Special Issue.