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.
"The book presents a kaleidoscope of studies showing the transnational activities of migrant organisations especially with reference to political structures. The book is useful in understanding the concept of transnationalism and the role played by MOs in integration of migrant communities." -Ruby Dhar, Institute of Applied Manpower Research, Narela, Delhi, India
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-Williams9. Brussels Calling. The European Organization of Migrants from Turkey Liza MüggePart 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)