The tie that binds? A comparison of ethnicity‐based party ties among emigrated and resident citizens

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Recent decades have seen a trend toward enfranchising emigrated citizens in home country elections. Political parties have also become increasingly interested in connecting with emigrant voters. That said, we still know little of what voters think of the parties in the home country and how party preferences may change because of migration. On the one hand, research shows that the experience of migration and the context of the host country have a significant impact on the political behavior of migrants. On the other hand, party ties are known to be resistant to change. In this paper, we study how what is generally assumed to be the strongest of party ties, namely ties to an ethnic party, is affected by migration. Utilizing two highly comparable surveys of resident and non-resident citizens, we study how identifying with an ethnic minority party among Finland-Swedes in Finland, where they constitute a linguistic minority, compares with emigrated Finland-Swedes in Sweden, where they speak the majority language. We find that party ties, even with an ethnic party, tend to be weaker for emigrated citizens. However, the difference is relatively small and only materializes after an extended stay abroad.
Original languageEnglish
Article number19
JournalComparative Migration Studies
Issue number1
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • Ethnic party
  • Ethnicity
  • HOME
  • Migration
  • Minority
  • Party identification
  • Political behavior
  • 5171 Political Science

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