Democracy on the Move? The Potential Link Between Circular Migration and Democratization

Resource type
Book Section
Author/contributor
Title
Democracy on the Move? The Potential Link Between Circular Migration and Democratization
Abstract
This chapter argues that circular migration may contribute to transformation in areas that have so far been rarely touched upon in the debate. Besides the transfer of financial remittances and professional skills, political and (un)democratic attitudes and practices may also be diffused through temporary or circular migration. Based on a survey among 1000 Philippine return migrants from six destinations and qualitative research, this chapter shows that at an individual level, the migration experience may have a positive or negative influence on the democratic attitudes of migrants. This effect might be enforced through circular migration, because it provides the migrant with a regular “reality check” in comparing home and destination country. The findings are discussed with reference to a clearly democratic country (Japan), a clearly authoritarian state (Saudi Arabia) and the “special case” of Hong Kong. For policy makers, the case studies allow to draw a conclusion that opens up new vistas: If circular migrants should contribute to the development in their home countries, it is of utmost importance to provide them with opportunities for organizing and political participation while being abroad.
Date
2016-06-02
Pages
195-216
ISBN
978-3-319-28894-9
Short Title
Democracy on the Move?
Library Catalog
ResearchGate
Citation
Rother, S. (2016). Democracy on the Move? The Potential Link Between Circular Migration and Democratization (pp. 195–216). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28896-3_10