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"How In Are You"? : Investigating the effect of the membership in a transnational organisation on a migrant's level of political participation in domestic politics

Portich, C. (2016) "How In Are You"? : Investigating the effect of the membership in a transnational organisation on a migrant's level of political participation in domestic politics.

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Abstract:The aim of this thesis is to examine the effect of the membership in a transnational organisation on its members' level of political participation in domestic politics in Germany. Currently, a sharp increase of people seeking asylum in Germany is recognised. A question frequently being raised targets at the challenge of their successful integration into German society, including political integration. In practice, the engagement in a transnational organisation bears a valuable option for migrants, and asylum seekers, to maintain civic ties to their home country and build new civic ties with the receiving society. Nevertheless, there is an academic discourse on the actual impact of the membership in a transnational organisation on the members' level of political participation in politics of the receiving country. Attempting to clarify the relationship, a qualitative case study has been conducted in the German context. The results hold that the membership in a transnational organisation indeed fosters a migrant's level of political participation in domestic politics, and consequently stimulates his political integration into the society of the receiving country. Although the interviewees indicate that the prospect of meeting new people caused their membership rather than politically motivated aspects, an enhanced political engagement is recognised as a side effect. For that reason,policy makers are advised to strengthen the establishment of transnational organisations.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70343
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