By Liza Mügge
Migrants usually stay unswerving to their former homelands and remain energetic within the politics there— regardless of frequent feedback of those ties of their host nations. Combining vast fieldwork with quantitative information, past Dutch Borders compares how transnational political involvement between visitor staff from Turkey and postcolonial migrants from Surinam residing within the Netherlands has developed in past times fifty years. the writer explores the dynamics and impression of such twin affiliations and reveals that migrants’ border-crossing loyalties and engagement really heighten their political integration into their host nations. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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The second part included semi-open questions and more detailed retrospective questions on concrete transnational activities in which respondents had participated, or were still involved, in both the homeland and the Netherlands. It inquired further into individual motivations to maintain transnational ties and to participate in transnational activities. What forms did such involvement take? How did it affect participation and interest in Dutch politics? I first present some general background information on the interviewees.
When two states share an interest in retaining migrants’ ties to their homeland, they may sponsor the activities of sending-country organisations in the country of settlement (Koopmans et al. 2005: 111-113). Diplomatic relations in this way influence political opportunity structures, at least in the country of residence. Diplomatic relations on a broader level may offer migrants an additional venue – an international political opportunity structure – for collective action. Whereas national political opportunity structures refer to states, the international political opportunity structure is a 32 BEYOND DUTCH BORDERS composite of a number of International Governmental Organisations… like the UN, the EU… establishing a number of formal treaties, international regimes… as well as sometimes, structures of norms and values.
To measure general interest in Dutch and homeland news, I first examined consumption of mass media. I also looked for evidence of more active interest in politics: did respondents discuss Dutch or homeland politics with contacts in their country of origin, in third countries and in the Netherlands? And finally, did Kurdish and Surinamese individuals maintain transnational ties on the basis of ethnicity? If so, did this facilitate transnational political activity? The consumption of mass media is one way to measure political interest (see Fennema & Tillie 1999).