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Conceptualising the Emergence of Immigrants’ Transnational Communities


  • Liza M. NELL

    () (Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies – IMES, University of Amsterdam, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 237, 1012 DL Amsterdam, The Netherlands)


Under which circumstances do immigrant transnational political activities emerge into a sustainable transnational community? First, this depends on the transnational political opportunity structure (TPOS) including both immigrant’s country of settlement and the (ancestral) country of origin. Governments’ integration and emigration models – that politically incorporate or exclude immigrants or emigrants – may invite or discourage transnational political action. Second, different models of citizenship of both countries, used to define a migrant’s membership in society, strongly influence the type of transnational activities. At the same time citizenship contains the norms, values, and loyalties immigrants have in their notion of acting as a good (transnational) citizen.

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  • Liza M. NELL, 2004. "Conceptualising the Emergence of Immigrants’ Transnational Communities," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 1(1), pages 50-56, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:1:y:2004:i:1:p:50-56

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