What is it about?

We examine whether immigrants' keeping the right to vote in the country of origin affects their propensity to vote in the country of their current residence. We look at voting in local elections in the country of destination, where immigrants are increasingly allowed to vote. Specifically, we find a local-to-local connection: Immigrants who keep the right to vote in their municipality of origin (i.e., the local level) are more likely to vote in local elections in the country of destination.

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Why is it important?

In a world where an increasing share of the population has the right to vote in multiple places, we need to know if this helps immigrants to participate in the country of residence, or if this effectively hinders them. We find benefits.


Lorenzo and I discussed electoral participation and the role of policies at a theoretical level, when we realized that we have the data to test them empirically.

Didier Ruedin
Universite de Neuchatel

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This page is a summary of: Local-to-local electoral connections for migrants: the association between voting rights in the place of origin and the propensity to vote in the place of residence, Democratization, September 2022, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2022.2108802.
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