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Type: Journal article
Title: Temporary migration projects and voting rights
Author: Ottonelli, V.
Torresi, T.
Citation: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 2014; 17(5):580-599
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1369-8230
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Valeria Ottonelli and Tiziana Torresi
Abstract: Theorists have recently argued that in order to protect migrants from vulnerability and domination, host countries should grant voting rights to all residents, including those who are present on the territory on a temporary visa. Although we endorse the inclusive and egalitarian rationale of this approach, we argue that it is based on the presumption that all migrants aim at permanent inclusion and is therefore inadequate in the case of those who are engaged in ‘temporary migration projects’. We suggest that in order to provide these migrants with a form of political voice that fits their life plans, we need to look at different institutional tools than conventional voting rights, and we point to trade unions and migrant organizations as promising alternatives. We also show that, contrary to what may be thought of other forms of temporary mobility, temporary migration projects and the institutional solutions we propose in order to address the needs of the migrants involved are not disruptive of liberal-democratic institutions.
Keywords: temporary migration; voting rights; trade unions; migrant organizations; non-domination
Rights: © 2014 Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/13698230.2014.919060
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