1st Edition

Migration and Organized Civil Society Rethinking National Policy

Edited By Dirk Halm, Zeynep Sezgin Copyright 2013
    248 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Migrant organizations are of vital importance for countries of residence and countries of origin, but the empirical and theoretical knowledge of the cross-border character of migrant organizations remains incomplete.

    It is clear that migrant transnationalism challenges the governance of nation-states on the local and national levels. This book, the outcome of an ECPR joint session, systematically and empirically analyzes the differing roles that transnational migrant organizations play in their countries of residence and origin. Drawing on research conducted in Belgium, England, Germany, Holland, Poland and Portugal, it focuses on the relations between migrant organizations and the state. Offering an opportunity for comparative analysis, it also examines why migrants and their organizations engage in different forms of border crossing activities, and how various political systems influence, and are influenced by these forms of engagement.

    Migration and Organized Civil Society will be of strong interest to students and researchers of political science, political sociology, migration studies, transnationalism, and Diaspora studies.

    1. Introduction  Part 1: Emergence of transnational activities of Migrant Organizations – towards a theoretical framework  2. The Transnational Migration Paradigm: Global Perspectives on Migration Research Nina Glick Schiller  3. Disentangling Migrant Transnationalism Margit Fauser  Part 2: Migrant organizations’ impact on countries of origin and countries of arrival  4. Diaspora Politics: From "Long Distance Nationalism" to Autonomization Elise Feron  5. Political Transnationalism in a New Light Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels  Part 3: How transnational political spaces influence migrant organizations – Impact of the countries of origin, countries of arrival, third countries and supranational political opportunities  6. The Impact of Political Factors on the Vietnamese Migrant Organizations in Poland Marta Biernath  7. The Country of Residence and Migrant Transnationalism: How do Opportunity Structures in Countries of Residence Affect Transnational Attitudes and Behavior of Migrant Organizations from the African Great Lakes Region? Marieke van Houte, Nathalie Perrin and Anna Orrnert  8. Opportunities and Challenges for Organizational Transnationalism – An Analysis of the Turkish-Islamic Union of the Directorate of Religious Affairs e.V. (DITIB) Kerstin Rosenow-Williams  9. Brussels Calling. The European Organization of Migrants from Turkey Liza Mügge  Part 4: National governance and integration of transnational migrant organizations  10. Three Catholic Transnationalisms — Italian, Croat and Spanish Immigrants Compared Jenni Winterhagen and Dietrich Thränhardt  11. Immigrant Associations as Political and Institutional Partners in Portugal João Sardinha  12. Conclusion (Dirk Halm and Zeynep Sezgin)


    Dirk Halm is associate professor at the Centre for Studies on Turkey and Integration Research at Duisburg- Essen University and teaches Political Sociology at Münster University, Gernmany. His main research interests: Migration and civil society, political participation and the organizational structure of Islam in Europe.

    Zeynep Sezgin, is Coordinator of the Volkswagen Foundation Research Project "Diffusion and Contexts of Transnational Migrant Organizations in Europe (TRAMO)" at the Sociology Department at Ruhr-University Bochum. Her main research interests are political participation and citizenship, migrant rights in the European countries, migration regimes and migrant organizations.