Non-citizen political engagement

Authored by: Erin Aeran Chung , Rameez Abbas

Routledge Handbook of Asian Migrations

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  January  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138959859
eBook ISBN: 9781315660493
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315660493-20

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Abstract

Non-citizens routinely engage in politics despite their lack of voting rights in their country of residence. The emphasis on electoral participation in much of the comparative immigration and citizenship scholarship has yielded important insights about how immigrants participate in politics once they become citizens, but more research is required to better understand non-citizen political engagement. This chapter explores the scope, direction, and modes of non-citizen political engagement in selected Asian countries, focusing on some of Asia’s largest flows of migrants and refugees, through a review of the most significant research advances in these areas. It discusses electoral and extra-electoral forms of participation as well as participation in national and transnational contexts, comparing and contrasting these forms to non-citizen engagement in advanced industrial democracies outside of Asia. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the major challenges, opportunities, and insights of scholarship that examines non-citizen political participation in Asia.

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