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Cheng, Isabelle, Momesso, Lara and Fell, Dafydd (2019) 'Asset or Liability: Transnational Links and Political Participation of Foreign-Born Citizens in Taiwan.' International Migration, 57 (4). pp. 202-217.

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Viewed as outsiders clinging onto links with their country of origin, immigrants do not often feature positively in electoral politics in their host society. Challenging this conventional view, this paper examines how immigrants make use of their transnational ties to foster their political participation in the host state. This exploration is conducted through our study of the political participation of Vietnamese and Chinese immigrants in Taiwan. Our research finds that transnational ties are politicised by the mainstream political parties. However, such politicisation does not necessarily restrict immigrants’ agency and their socio-political space for political participation. Their transnational ties constitute a dynamic socio-political field in which these maintained connections are acted upon and give rise to a variety of strategies for responding to issues affecting their interests.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Political participation, Politics of in-between, Transnationalism, Marriage migration, Taiwan electoral politics, New Southbound Policy
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre of Taiwan Studies
Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 14682435
Copyright Statement: © 2018 The Authors. International Migration © 2018 IOM. This is the version of the article accepted for publication in International Migration published by Wiley:
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Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 10:03

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