Migrants as Political Actors

Research question/goal: 

How well are citizens with a migratory background represented in parliaments? And do members of parliament with a migratory background make a difference in the policy-making process and with respect to policies? These research questions on descriptive and substantive political representation will be treated in cross-national analyses including all political levels (national, regional, local). Different results are expected to be explained by variance in the degrees of assimilation and adaptation of the MPs and by different opportunities (openness, selection, recruitment) of the parties.

Current stage: 

In 2013, a longitudinal analysis on parliamentary questions of immigrant-origin German MPs in national and state parliaments was accepted for publication. For further longitudinal analyses, data is currently being prepared. This pertains to a comparative analysis of parliamentary questions in Germany, the UK and France, and an analysis of speeches in the Bundestag.

Fact sheet

2006 to 2014
Data Sources: 
elite interviews, analysis of party and parliamentary documents, postal survey
Geographic Space: 
Western Europe including the European Parliament



Bird, Karen, Thomas Saalfeld and Andreas M. Wüst (Eds.) (2011): The Political Representation of Immigrants and Minorities: Voters, Parties and Parliaments in Liberal Democracies. London: Routledge. [Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science; 70] more