Contextual reasons for emigrants’ electoral participation in home country elections: the Portuguese case

Ana Maria Belchior, Joana Azevedo, Marco Lisi, Manuel Abrantes

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Abstract

Although emigrants represent an increasing share of the electoral
population in many democracies, not much is known about their
participation in home country elections. With the purpose of
contributing to fill such gap, this article develops a longitudinal
and exploratory analysis of the contextual factors of emigrants’
participation in national elections in the case of Portugal (1976–
2015), a country with one of the highest emigration rates of the EU today. It begins by presenting a longitudinal analysis of the electoral participation of Portuguese emigrants. Afterwards, the conditions underlying levels of participation are examined. Using aggregate data covering the main 15 destination countries, this study compares institutional, socio-economic and political contextual factors for voting. Findings indicate that the lack of political participation of emigrants is first demonstrated by the very low registration rates, although it varies according to the country, and that voting methods and socio-economic factors in the destination country are the most relevant to explain voting in home country elections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalJournal Of Contemporary European Studies
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • External vote
  • Migrants
  • Electoral participation
  • Transnationalism
  • Portugal

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