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Immigrants, Citizenship and Political Action in Europe

  • Aida Just and Christopher J. Anderson

Abstract

Little is known about how immigrants participate in politics and whether they transform political engagement in contemporary democracies. This study investigates whether citizenship (as opposed to being foreign-born) affects political and civic engagement beyond the voting booth. It is argued that citizenship should be understood as a resource that enhances participation and helps immigrants overcome socialization experiences that are inauspicious for political engagement. The analysis of the European Social Survey data collected in nineteen European democracies in 2002–03 reveals that citizenship has a positive impact on political participation. Moreover, citizenship is a particularly powerful determinant of un-institutionalized political action among individuals who were socialized in less democratic countries. These findings have important implications for debates over the definition of and access to citizenship in contemporary democracies.

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1 Zimmerman, Klaus F., European Migration: What Do We Know? (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).

2 Lemaitre, Georges and Thoreau, Cécile, ‘Estimating the Foreign born Population on Current Basis’ (Unpublished manuscript, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, 2006). The average foreign-born share of the population is about 5 per cent across all member states of the EU.

3 See, for example, Castles, Stephen and Miller, Mark J., The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World, 4th edn (Basingstoke, Hants.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); Cornelius, Wayne A., Takeyuki Tsuda, Martin, Philip L. and Hollifield, James F., eds, Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, 2nd edn (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2004).

4 See, for instance, Hainmueller, Jens and Hiscox, Michael J., ‘Educated Preferences: Explaining Attitudes Toward Immigration in Europe’, International Organization, 61 (2007), 399442; Citrin, Jack and Sides, John, ‘Immigration and the Imagined Community in Europe and the United States’, Political Studies, 56 (2008), 3356; Sides, John and Citrin, Jack, ‘European Opinion about Immigration: The Role of Identities, Interests and Information’, British Journal of Political Science, 37 (2007), 477504; Citrin, Jack, Green, Donald P., Muste, Christopher and Wong, Cara, ‘Public Opinion Toward Immigration Reform: The Role of Economic Motivations’, Journal of Politics, 59 (1997), 858881; Mughan, Anthony and Paxton, Pamela, ‘Anti-Immigrant Sentiment, Policy Preferences and Populist Party Voting in Australia’, British Journal of Political Science, 36 (2006), 341358; Fetzer, Joel S., Public Attitudes Toward Immigration in the United States, France, and Germany (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000); Sniderman, Paul M., Hagendoorn, Louk and Prior, Markus, ‘Predisposing Factors and Situational Triggers: Exclusionary Reactions to Immigrant Minorities’, American Political Science Review, 98 (2004), 3549.

5 Money, Jeannette, ‘No Vacancy: The Political Geography of Immigration Control in Advanced Industrial Countries’, International Organization, 51 (1997), 685720; Money, Jeannette, Fences and Neighbors: The Political Geography of Immigration Control (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1999); Bleich, Erik, Race Politics in Britain and France: Ideas and Policymaking Since the 1960s (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003); Hansen, Randall, Citizenship and Immigration in Post-War Britain: The Institutional Origins of a Multicultural Nation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000); Morjé Howard, Marc, ‘The Impact of the Far Right on Citizenship Policy: Explaining Continuity and Change’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36 (2010), 735751; Hix, Simon and Noury, Abdul, ‘Politics, Not Economic Interests: Determinants of Migration Policies in the European Union’, International Migration Review, 41 (2007), 182205.

6 There is a small number of studies that focus on immigrant political engagement in one or a few European countries or cities; see, e.g, Giugni, Marco and Passy, Florence, ‘Migrant Mobilization between Political Institutions and Citizenship Regimes: A Comparison of France and Switzerland’, European Journal of Political Research, 43 (2004), 5182; Koopmans, Ruud, ‘Migrant Mobilization and Political Opportunities: Variation among German Cities and a Comparison with the United Kingdom and the Netherlands’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 30 (2004), 449470; Koopmans, Ruud and Statham, Paul, ‘Challenging the Liberal Nation-State? Postnationalism, Multiculturalism, and the Collective Claims-making of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Britain and Germany’, American Journal of Sociology, 105 (1999), 652696; Togeby, Lise, ‘It Depends … How Organizational Participation Affects Political Participation and Social Trust Among Second-Generation Immigrants in Denmark’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 30 (2004), 509528. Comparative research based on systematic empirical analyses of data from a large number of countries, however, remains very limited.

7 See, e.g, Cassel, Carol A., ‘Hispanic Turnout: Estimates from Validated Voting Data’, Political Research Quarterly, 55 (2002), 391408; Cho, Wendy K.T., ‘Naturalization, Socialization, Participation: Immigrants and Non(Voting)’, Journal of Politics, 61 (1999), 11401155; Cho, Wendy K.T., Gimpel, James G. and Dyck, Joshua J., ‘Residential Concentration, Political Socialization, and Voter Turnout’, Journal of Politics, 68 (2006), 156167; Cho, Wendy K.T., Gimpel, James G. and Wu, Tony, ‘Clarifying the Role of SES in Political Participation: Policy Threat and Arab American Mobilization’, Journal of Politics, 68 (2006), 977991; Bass, Loretta E. and Casper, Lynne M., ‘Impacting the Political Landscape: Who Registers and Votes among Naturalized Americans?’ Political Behavior, 23 (2001), 103130; DeSipio, Louis, ‘Making Citizens or Good Citizens? Naturalization as a Predictor of Organizational and Electoral Behavior among Latino Immigrants’, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 18 (1996), 194213; Arvizu, John R. and Garcia, Chris, ‘Latino Voting Participation: Explaining and Differentiating Latino Voting Turnout’, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 18 (1996), 104128; Gimpel, James G., Tam Cho, Wendy K., and Wu, Tony, ‘Spatial Dimensions of Arab American Voter Mobilization After September 11’, Political Geography, 26 (2007), 330351; Highton, Benjamin and Burris, Arthur L., ‘New Perspectives on Latino Voter Turnout in the United States’, American Politics Research, 30 (2002), 285306; Jackson, Robert A., ‘Differential Influences on Latino Electoral Participation’, Political Behavior, 25 (2003), 339366; Johnson, Martin, Stein, Robert M. and Wrinkle, Robert, ‘Language Choice, Residential Stability, and Voting among Latino Americans’, Social Science Quarterly, 84 (2003), 412424; Pantoja, Adrian D., Ricardo Ramirez and Segura, Garry M., ‘Citizens by Choice, Voters by Necessity: Patterns in Political Mobilization by Naturalized Latinos’, Political Research Quarterly, 54 (2001), 729750; Ramakrishnan, Karthick S. and Espenshade, Thomas J., ‘Immigrant Incorporation and Political Participation in the United States’, International Migration Review, 35 (2001), 870909; Simpson Bueker, Catherine, ‘Political Incorporation Among Immigrants from Ten Areas of Origin: The Persistence of Source Country Effects’, International Migration Review, 39 (2005), 103140.

8 Unless they were born to American parents on American territory abroad (e.g., military bases, embassies, and the like).

9 Weil, Patrick, ‘Access to Citizenship: A Comparison of Twenty Five Nationality Laws’, in T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Douglas Klusmeyer, eds, Citizenship Today: Global Perspectives and Practices (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C.), 1735; Morjé Howard, Marc, The Politics of Citizenship in Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009); Brubaker, Rogers, Citizenship and Nationhood in France and Germany (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1992).

10 This is the case even in studies that examine a broader range of political activities (see Junn, Jane, ‘Participation in Liberal Democracy: The Political Assimilation of Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in the United States’, American Behavioral Scientist, 42 (1999), 14171438). Leighley, Jan E. and Vedlitz, Arnold (‘Race, Ethnicity, and Political Participation: Competing Models and Contrasting Explanations’, Journal of Politics, 61 (1999), 10921114) acknowledge the importance of citizenship, but also rely on native-born status as a proxy for citizenship, thus similarly leaving aside the fact that some foreign-born individuals are citizens.

11 DeSipio, ‘Making Citizens or Good Citizens?’ We do not mean to single out this particular study. Instead, we use it to illustrate a larger point. It has been similarly suggested that citizenship acquisition in Canada should have a ‘politicizing’ effect on political participation (see Black, Jerome H., ‘Immigrant Political Adaptation in Canada: Some Tentative Findings’, Canadian Journal of Political Science, 15 (1982), 327), and this expectation is consistent with research showing that citizenship has a positive impact on partisanship acquisition (see Wong, Janelle S., ‘The Effects of Age and Political Exposure on the Development of Party Identification among Asian American and Latino Immigrants in the United States’, Political Behavior, 22 (2000), 341371; Cain, Bruce E., Roderick Kiewiet, D. and Uhlaner, Carole J., ‘The Acquisition of Partisanship by Latinos and Asian Americans’, American Journal of Political Science, 35(1991), 390422).

12 Junn, ‘Participation in Liberal Democracy’; Cho, ‘Naturalization, Socialization, Participation: Immigrants and Non(Voting)’; Ramakrishnan and Espenshade, ‘Immigrant Incorporation and Political Participation in the United States’, p. 888.

13 According to prevailing theorizing and evidence, this result is rooted in a lack of familiarity with the political system among individuals socialized in a different country and more shallow attachments to local community, associations and political parties. Moreover, foreign-born individuals usually have fewer emotional and material stakes in existing group tensions that express themselves in politics in their new home country. And there are practical reasons for the lower involvement of the foreign-born as well, as they are often preoccupied with settling into the new country and have less time for political involvement. Some assume that foreigners are less politically involved because they are more orientated towards politics in their homeland than are other immigrants. Empirical evidence suggests, however, that ties to a home country do not matter as much for political participation as attachment to the host country ( Lien, Pei-te, ‘Ethnicity and Political Participation: A Comparison between Asian and Mexican Americans’, Political Behavior, 16 (1994), 237264). Moreover, others demonstrate that Mexican immigrants in the United States who send money home are actually more politically involved in US politics than those who do not ( Barreto, Matt A. and Muñoz, José A., ‘Reexamining the “Politics of In-Between”: Political Participation Among Mexican Immigrants in the United States’, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 25 (2003), 427447).

14 While studies conducted in the United States and Denmark suggest that foreign-born citizens and non-citizens engage in a variety of political acts, the evidence is equivocal with regard to whether they do so at similar or different rates when immigrant experiences and socio-economic differences are accounted for. See Barreto and Muñoz, ‘Reexamining the “Politics of In-Between” ’; Togeby, ‘It Depends … Immigrants in Denmark’, Lien, ‘Ethnicity and Political Participation’; Leal, David, ‘Political Participation by Latino Non-Citizens in the United States’, British Journal of Political Science, 32 (2002), 353370.

15 See, for instance, Deth, Jan W., Montero, José Ramón and Westholm, Anders, eds, Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies: A Comparative Analysis (London: Routledge, 2007); Pattie, Charles, Seyd, Patrick and Whiteley, Paul, Citizenship in Britain: Values, Participation and Democracy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004); Bloemraad, Irene, Korteweg, Anna and Yurdakul, Gökçe, ‘Citizenship and Immigration: Multiculturalism, Assimilation, and Challenges to the Nation-State’, Annual Review of Sociology, 34 (2008), 153179.

16 Westholm, Anders, Montero, José Ramón and van Deth, Jan W., ‘Introduction: Citizenship, Involvement, and Democracy in Europe’, in van Deth, Montero and Westholm, eds, Citizenship and Involvement in European Democracies, pp. 1–32, at p. 3.

17 Dynneson, Thomas L., Civism: Cultivating Citizenship in European History (New York: Peter Lang, 2001).

18 Bloemraad, Korteweg and Yurdakul, ‘Citizenship and Immigration’.

19 Benhabib, Seyla, ‘Political Theory and Political Membership in a Changing World’, in Ira Katznelson and Helen V. Milner, eds, Political Science: State of the Discipline (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2002), 404432.

20 In most countries, only citizens are eligible to vote. Citizens of EU member states have the right to vote in and stand for local elections in other EU member states if they reside there. However, this right is not conferred to non-EU citizens (also referred to as third-country nationals), nor does it apply to national elections.

21 Martinez, Lisa (‘Yes We Can: Latino Participation in Unconventional Politics’, Social Forces, 84 (2005), 135155, p. 144) finds that citizenship has a positive and statistically significant impact on Latino protest behaviour in the United States and suggests that non-citizens might associate protesting with higher costs, such as fear of deportation or imprisonment. Her models, and models reported in other studies, however, fail to control for a number of immigrant-specific variables, such as the amount of time foreign-born respondents have spent in the United States. These variables, as we show below, have important consequences for the impact of citizenship on non-electoral participation.

22 Non-citizens may occasionally have important grounds to be politically involved in their host country. After all, regardless of their legal status, they are affected by their host country's domestic policies, not the least of which is anti-immigrant legislation (Barreto and Muñoz, ‘Reexamining the “Politics of In-Between” ’). Research also shows that non-citizens are often concerned with their host country's foreign policies towards their country of origin, thus motivating their political engagement ( de la Garza, Rodolfo O. and Pachon, Harry, Latinos and US Foreign Policy: Representing the “Homeland”? (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000)). Since non-citizens are barred from expressing themselves in national elections, non-electoral participation may be an important channel for communicating their demands to policy makers. However, we do not believe that such occasional motivations on average outweigh the more systematic effects of citizenship we posit.

23 As a consequence of the expected higher rate of participation by citizens, citizenship should also be associated with higher levels of civic skills acquired through the exercise of obligations and responsibilities, which are thought to contribute positively to people's civic orientations and political engagement through a process of socialization, education and interaction with government authorities ( Johnston Conover, Pamela, Crewe, Ivor M. and Searing, Donald D., ‘The Nature of Citizenship and Great Britain: Empirical Comments on Theoretical Themes’, Journal of Politics, 53 (1991), 800832; Pamela Johnston Conover, Searing, Donald D. and Crewe, Ivor, ‘The Elusive Ideal of Equal Citizenship: Political Theory and Political Psychology in the United States and Great Britain’, Journal of Politics, 66 (2004), 10361068; Pattie, Seyd and Whiteley, Citizenship in Britain).

24 Barnes, Samuel and Kaase, Max with Allerbeck, Klaus, Farah, Barbara, Heunks, Felix, Inglehart, Ronald, Kent Jennings, M., Klingemann, Hans-Dieter, Marsh, Alan and Rosenmayr, Leopold, Political Action: Mass Participation in Five Western Democracies (Beverly Hills, Calif.: Sage, 1979); Muller, Edward N., ‘A Test of a Partial Theory of Potential for Political Violence’, American Political Science Review, 66 (1972), 928959.

25 Kaase, Max, ‘Mass Participation’, in M. Kent Jennings and Jan W. van Deth with Samuel Barnes, Dieter Fuchs, Felix Heunks, Ronald Inglehart, Max Kaase, Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Jacques Thomassen, eds, Continuities in Political Action: A Longitudinal Study of Political Orientations in Three Western Democracies (Berlin: de Gruyter, 1989), pp. 2364.

26 Ramakrishnan, Karthick S., Democracy in Immigrant America: Changing Demographics and Political Participation (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2005); Cho, Gimpel and Wu, ‘Clarifying the Role of SES in Political Participation’.

27 White, Stephen, Nevitte, Neil, Blais, André, Gidengil, Elisabeth and Fournier, Patrick, ‘The Political Resocialization of Immigrants’, Political Research Quarterly, 61 (2008), 268281; Black, Jerome H., Richard Niemi and Powell, Bingham G., ‘Age and Resistance to Political Learning in a New Environment: The Case of Canadian Immigrants’, Comparative Politics, 20 (1987), 7384; Ramakrishnan, Democracy in Immigrant America, p. 91.

28 Harles, John, Politics in the Lifeboat: Immigrants and the American Democratic Order (Boulder, Colo.: Westview, 1993); Portes, Alejandro and Rumbaut, Rubén G., Immigrant America: A Portrait (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996); Fennema, Meindert and Tillie, Jean, ‘Political Participation and Political Trust in Amsterdam: Civic Communities and Ethnic Networks’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 25 (1999), 703726; Handlin, Oscar, The Uprooted (Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown, 1951).

29 Black, Jerome H., ‘The Practice of Politics in Two Settings: Political Transferability Among Recent Immigrants to Canada’, Canadian Journal of Political Science, 20 (1987), 731753; Black, Niemi and Powell, ‘Age and Resistance to Political Learning in a New Environment’; Finifter, Ada and Finifter, Bernard, ‘Party Identification and Political Adaptation of American Migrants in Australia’, Journal of Politics, 51 (1989), 599630; Bueker, ‘Political Incorporation among Immigrants from Ten Areas of Origin’; Wilson, Paul, Immigrants and Politics (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1973).

30 Occasionally, researchers have suggested that those raised in undemocratic environments may in fact be more politically involved in the receiving (democratic) country because they have a greater appreciation for democratic rights and opportunities to influence politics. For example, some point to the fact that Cuban Americans participate at higher rates than other Latino immigrants (Alejandro Portes and Rafael Mozo, ‘The Political Adaptation Process of Cubans and Other Ethnic Minorities in the United States: A Preliminary Analysis’, International Migration Review, 19 (1985), 35–63; Arvizu and Garcia, ‘Latino Voting Participation’; DeSipio, ‘Making Citizens or Good Citizens?’), or the behaviour of East Europeans who came to the United States and Canada during the Cold War ( Greeley, Andrew M., Ethnicity in the United States: A Preliminary Reconnaissance (New York: Wiley, 1974); Black, ‘The Practice of Politics in Two Settings’). These contrasting perspectives may not be incompatible if the majority of immigrants from less democratic countries are political refugees. Having migrated for political reasons, refugees may possess a keener sense how politics impacts their daily lives (Ramakrishnan, Democracy in Immigrant America: Changing Demographics and Political Participation, p. 88; Portes and Mozo, ‘The Political Adaptation Process of Cubans and Other Ethnic Minorities in the United States’). Moreover, some argue that those who qualify for refugee assistance from government may develop greater skills and experience from interacting with government agencies and a greater stake in domestic politics as it relates to their continued receipt of such benefits (Ramakrishnan, Democracy in Immigrant America, p. 88). Yet others insist that even individuals who migrate from less to more democratic countries primarily for economic reasons might have an appreciation of democracy. For instance, Barreto and Muñoz (‘Reexamining the “Politics of In-Between” ’, p. 432) claim that Mexicans who arrived in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s were escaping not only a depressed economy but also a polity in which one-party rule had been the norm for 70 years (see also Massey, Douglas S., ‘Why Does Immigration Occur? A Theoretical Synthesis’, in Charles Hirschman, Philip Kasinitz and Josh DeWind, eds, The Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1999), pp. 3452.

31 Caul Kittilson, Miki, ‘Research Resources in Comparative Political Behavior’, in Russell J. Dalton and Hans-Dieter Klingemann, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 865899.

32 Further information on the ESS methodology is available on the ESS website and from the Norwegian Science Data Services (http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/ and http://ess.nsd.uib.no/).

33 We differentiated individuals by the following regions of origin: Africa, Asia, the Balkans, East Central Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America, Australia and New Zealand, and Western Europe. For more details about individual countries, please contact the authors.

34 Pooling data across countries is particularly useful for the purpose of our analyses because the number of foreign-born respondents in any one national survey is relatively small, making it difficult to estimate multivariate models of participation with much precision.

35 We dropped Poland and Hungary from the sample because they lacked variation on the citizenship variable: in Poland, all respondents were coded as citizens; in Hungary, there were only three (native-born) non-citizens.

36 Considering the diversity of countries and participatory acts, these items scale quite well, with a Cronbach's alpha of 0.69 among all respondents and 0.73 among foreigners (for details on question wording and variable coding, see Appendix).

37 We follow the distinction made by Barnes and Kaase (Political Action); see also Dalton, Russell J., Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies, 4th edn (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2006).

38 Because native-born non-citizens constituted only a very small number of cases (206), we dropped them from the analysis for statistical reasons.

39 Polity IV is a widely used dataset of regime characteristics that provides comparative data for virtually all countries in the world on an annual basis between 1800 and 2007.

40 The original polity score ranges from −10 to +10.

41 Cf. Snijders, Tom A. B. and Bosker, Roel, Multilevel Analysis: An Introduction to Basic and Advanced Multilevel Modeling (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 1999); for applications in political science, see Steenbergen, Marco R. and Jones, Bradford S., ‘Modeling Multilevel Data Structures’, American Journal of Political Science, 46 (2002), 218237.

42 We sought to ensure the robustness of these inferences by examining whether our results were sensitive to the inclusion of any particular country; this was not the case.

43 Variables such as discrimination and criminal victimization may capture some of these experiences if they are more prevalent among immigrants than native-born individuals. Our data show that 15 per cent of foreign-born individuals report being a member of a group that is being discriminated against, while about 5 per cent of native-born individuals agree that this is the case. And about 21 per cent of native-born respondents report being the victim of a crime within the past five years, while about 22 per cent of foreign-born individuals say they have been the victim of a crime. Regardless of these statistics, because immigrants and non-immigrants share these experiences, they do not serve to separate these groups exclusively.

44 When we compare the impact of traditional explanations of political participation (socio-economic characteristics and civic attitudes) vis-à-vis more immigrant-specific variables, we find that the power of traditional explanations is not diminished by accounting for immigrants’ experiences. This demonstrates that understanding the immigrant experience complements rather than replaces existing explanations of political action. Interestingly, the ease with which citizens are able to acquire citizenship, as measured by the citizenship policy index, does not affect immigrants’ political engagement.

45 Highton and Burris, ‘New Perspectives on Latino Voter Turnout in the United States’, p. 290; Liang, Zai, ‘Social Contact, Social Capital and the Naturalization Process: Evidence from Six Immigrant Groups’, Social Science Research, 23 (1994), 407437; see Lim, P., Barry-Goodman, Colleen and Branham, David, ‘Discrimination that Travels: How Ethnicity Affects Party Identification for Southeast Asian Immigrants’, Social Science Quarterly, 87 (2006), 11581170; Uhlaner, Carole J., Cain, Bruce E. and Roderick Kiewiet, D., ‘Political Participation of Ethnic Minorities in the 1980s’, Political Behavior, 11 (1989), 195231, p. 212; Pantoja, Ramirez and Segura, ‘Citizens by Choice, Voters by Necessity’, p. 735; Ramakrishnan and Espenshade, ‘Immigrant Incorporation and Political Participation in the United States’, p. 876. This perspective is consistent with previous research that employed citizenship as a proxy for commitment to host country (Black, ‘The Practice of Politics in Two Settings’; Black, Niemi and Powell, ‘Age and Resistance to Political Learning in a New Environment’).

46 Baum, Christopher F., An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata (College Station, Tex.: Stata Press, 2006), chap. 8. Although it may seem at first glance that we have a case for a selection model, our theoretical model and data are not amenable to such statistical techniques. Specifically, a Heckman selection model operates on the assumption that only those who select themselves into a particular condition (e.g. citizenship) in the first stage have variation on the dependent variable in the second stage (e.g. political participation). The problem in the context of this study of political participation is that this assumption is applicable only to those forms of behaviour that are restricted to citizens (such as voting in national elections). This is not the case with non-electoral participation that is available to both citizens and non-citizens, and which is the focus of our analysis. Therefore, a Heckman selection model (or related approaches) is not applicable here.

47 Valid instruments have a significant partial correlation with citizenship, controlling for all the other determinants of political participation, while being uncorrelated with the error term in the model of political participation.

48 Yang, Philip Q., ‘Explaining Immigrant Naturalization,’ International Migration Review, 28 (1994), 449477, pp. 457–8; see also Bueker, ‘Political Incorporation among Immigrants from Ten Areas of Origin’.

49 Weil, ‘Access to Citizenship’.

50 The United States Office of Personnel Management Investigations Service, Citizenship Laws of the World (The US Office of Personnel Management: Washington, DC, 2001).

51 This process, however, is not automatic – parents must register a child and request citizenship within a specific period of time (e.g., within five years in Belgium, or before the age of 22 in Switzerland).

52 Unfortunately, the ESS survey does not include a question measuring parents’ citizenship status – only their nativity status – and the foreign-born status of parents is of course only a proxy for parents’ citizenship. But given that many native-born parents might have acquired citizenship by birth or naturalization, this variable allows us to capture citizenship acquisition by descent at least to some extent.

53 Baum, , An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata, p. 191.

54 For a similar approach, see Gabel, Matthew and Scheve, Kenneth, ‘Estimating the Effect of Elite Communications on Public Opinion Using Instrumental Variables’, American Journal of Political Science, 51 (2007), 10131028.

55 For more information, see the variable description in the Appendix.

56 See Arceneaux, Kevin and Nickerson, David W., ‘Modeling Certainty with Clustered Data: A Comparison of Methods’, Political Analysis, 7 (2009), 177190. Note that, due to the inclusion of country fixed effects, identification in this model comes from within-country variation in immigrant background.

57 Hanushek, Eric A. and Jackson, John E., Statistical Methods for Social Scientists (San Diego, Calif.: Academic Press, 1977), p. 101; see also Long Jusko, Karen and Phillips Shiveley, W., ‘Applying a Two-Step Strategy to the Analysis of Cross-National Public Opinion Data’, Political Analysis,13 (2005), 327344.

58 The statistical significance of geographic distance is significantly reduced by the inclusion of a control for whether a foreigner comes from one of the EU-15 countries – a variable designed to distinguish between more and less desirable immigrants.

59 We hold other variables at their means and dichotomous variables at their medians; all country dummies, except Switzerland, are set to zero.

60 Morjé Howard, Marc, ‘Comparative Citizenship: An Agenda for Cross-National Research’, Perspectives on Politics, 4 (2006), 443455, p. 450.

61 Freeman, Gary P., ‘Modes of Immigration Politics in Liberal Democratic States’, International Migration Review, 29 (1995), 881913; Joppke, Christian, ‘Why Liberal States Accept Unwanted Immigration’, World Politics, 50 (1998), 266293; de Haas, Hein, ‘Turning the Tide? Why Development Will Not Stop Migration’, Development and Change, 38 (2007), 819841.

62 Howard, , ‘Comparative Citizenship’, p. 451.

63 Green, Simon, ‘Beyond Ethnoculturalism? German Citizenship in the New Millenium’, German Politics, 9 (2000), 105124; Morjé Howard, Marc, ‘The Causes and Consequences of Germany's New Citizenship Law’, German Politics, 17 (2008), 4162. According to the German Nationality Act of 2000, children born in Germany to foreign parents acquire German citizenship at birth if at least one parent has had a legal residence permit in Germany for at least eight years. Children who acquire German citizenship in this way are allowed to hold dual citizenship until they reach maturity; they are required to choose between their German and foreign citizenship by the age of 23 ( Castles, Stephen and Davidson, Alastair, Citizenship and Migration: Globalization and the Politics of Belonging (Basingstoke, Hants.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000), p. 93).

64 Constant, Amelie, ‘Immigrant Adjustment in France and Impacts on the Natives’, in Klaus F. Zimmermann, ed., European Migration: What Do We Know? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 263302, at p. 275. These measures, however, were largely reversed in 1998 by the new Socialist government and policies have stayed the same since then ( Castles and Davidson, Citizenship and Migration, p. 92; Howard, The Politics of Citizenship in Europe, p. 152).

65 Howard, , ‘Comparative Citizenship’, pp. 450–1.

66 Howard, The Politics of Citizenship in Europe, see also Howard, ‘Comparative Citizenship’. Citizenship’ and Marc Morjé Howard, , ‘Variation in Dual Citizenship Policies in the Countries of the EU’, International Migration Review, 39 (2005), 697720.

* Department of Political Science, Bilkent University, Ankara (email: ); Department of Government, Cornell University, respectively. Earlier versions of this article were presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Chicago, 2007, and at seminars at the University of Essex, the University of Oxford, the University of Trondheim, and the Politics of Change Workshop at the Free University of Amsterdam. The authors are grateful to the conference and seminar participants for their thoughtful comments on the earlier drafts, and also thank the Journal's anonymous reviewers for their insightful suggestions. The original version of this article was awarded best paper presented on European Politics and Society at the 2007 APSA meeting. Thanks also to Michael Jones-Correa for helpful hints along the way. The survey data were collected by the European Social Survey (ESS) project in 2002/03 and can be downloaded from http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org. The original collector of the data and the relevant funding agencies bear no responsibility for uses of this collection or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.

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