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The 2021 Moroccan elections and the political incorporation of MREs: an everlasting debate?

By: Chaimae Essousi and Ahmed Kadiri The 2021 Moroccan elections were set in an extraordinary context due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Despite this, 50.35% of the Moroccan population voted in the three elections – municipal, regional and legislative – that took place simultaneously on the 8th of September 2021.  The rather unexpected results saw the National Rally of Independents (RNI) win 102 seats, …

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Call for applicants for 3-year PhD Scholarships by AGAUR (FI 2022)

The Catalan Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) have opened for applications for 3-year PhD scholarships.   Contact us if you are interested in doing a PhD on any issue related to migration and democracy and be part of the international and interdisciplinary team of MIGRADEMO. Our team already includes researchers from …

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MIGRADEMO is searching for a postdoctoral candidate

04/08/2021 MIGRADEMO is searching for a postdoctoral candidate for the María Zambrano grants aimed to attract international talent to the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and interested in working on any issue related to migration and democracy. Our team already includes profiles across political science, sociology and economics and we welcome candidates interested in working with both more …

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Party mobilisation and voting abroad during the pandemic: The 2021 Ecuadorian elections

By Nicolas Fliess – Published on 05/05/2021 Introduction Citizens around the world have responded in different ways to the task of participating in elections during an ongoing pandemic. While these elections offer an opportunity for voters to hold parties accountable for their crisis management, many citizens might feel unsafe to cast a ballot in person. Moreover, …

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Romanian legislative elections in the diaspora: record participation and the emergence of the nationalist vote

By Vladimir Bortun – Published on 14/12/2020 For scholars interested in the impact of migration on politics in the country of origin, this electoral year in Romania has delivered several interesting results. As argued in a previous post here, the local elections in September have highlighted the nexus between return migration and local political elites. This …

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Local elections in Romania reveal interesting nexus between return migration and local politics

By Vladimir Bortun – Published on 07/10/2020 The recent local elections in Romania, held on 27 September 2020, have revealed an interesting dynamics for scholars focusing on the nexus between return migration and political elites. The elections took place in all 41 counties and had a 46% turnout, slightly lower than previous local elections but still higher than …

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Diasporas and initial state responses to the Covid-19 pandemic

How did states act in relation to their diasporas in the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic? In this blog post we look at the three case studies of the MIGRADEMO project, Romania, Morocco and Turkey, to paint a picture of their diaspora-oriented responses within the wider context of these countries’ discourse and policies towards …

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New article by Deniz Pelek in “Journal of Peasant Studies”

Congratulations to our team member, Deniz Pelek, for her latest publication in the Journal of Peasant Studies, entitled “Ethnic residential segregation among seasonal migrant workers: from temporary tents to new rural ghettos in southern Turkey”! The article analyses three underlying reasons for the unprecedented socio-spatial changes that have resulted in the emergence of rural ghettos …

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Vulnerabilities and Resiliencies

We observe how states and governments have activated all state instruments through various social and economic shock measures, but what happens when vulnerabilities are located where the law does not reach? What is the situation of migrants who are still in an irregular administrative situation? Who guarantees their protection?