Linking Migration and Democracy – special issue of “International Migration” co-edited by FRIAS Junior Fellow Stefan Rother
The contributions aim to make an explicit link between migration and democracy/democratization, which so far has been a fairly neglected field in research and even more so in policy debates. The editorial by Piper and Rother argues that migration poses fundamental questions to the definition of democracy: Who is part of the demos and who is not and which rights and obligations are linked to these various levels of membership? Many of the current “hot topics” in migration research such as transnationalism, the assumed deterritorialization of the nation-state, citizenship and voting rights, social remittances, all challenging the “container model” of the nation state, can easily be linked to larger questions of democracy and democratic development.
The contributions address a wide range of topics and levels of enquiry: Tamirace Fakhoury (Lebanese American University, Lebanon) links migration, democracy and the Arab spring and examines the discourse of Arab student associations at the University of California in Berkeley on Arab democratization. Luicy Pedroza (Central European University, Budapest/GIGA Hamburg) discusses the democratic potential of extending voting rights to non-citizen residents. Rother and Piper analyze the potential of migrants rights networks to democratize the regional governance of migration and Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Aleksandra Alund and Branka Likić-Brborić (REMESO, Linkoping University) pose a similar question for the global level: Can a contemporary “countermovement” challenge the precarity of migrants and the democratic deficit in global migration governance?
International Migration, Vol 53(3) June 2015.
MIGRATION AND DEMOCRACY
Guest edited by Stefan Rother and Nicola Piper
3 Migration and Democracy: Citizenship and Human Rights from a Multi-level Perspective
Guest editors: Nicola Piper and Stefan Rother
8 Transnational Immigrant Narratives on Arab Democracy: The Case of Student Associations at UC Berkeley
22 The Democratic Potential of Enfranchising Resident Migrants
36 Alternative Regionalism from Below: Democratizing ASEAN’s Migration Governance
Stefan Rother and Nicola Piper
50 Migration, Precarization and the Democratic Deficit in Global Governance
Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Aleksandra Alund and Branka Likić-Brborić