In this chapter Pilati discusses factors affecting migrants’ politicai participation. The author highlights classical theories of political participation stressing conditions which may equally affect natives and migrants. These include migrants’ socio-economic status, network resources with a particular focus on organizations, and factors related to processes of assimilation into the residence country and the immigration process. In addition, Pilati investigates the impact of a closed political context on political engagement by illustrating the cultural and structural constraints of a closed political context. In particular, she explores these dimensions by illustrating the case in Milan.


civic voluntarism model immigration political opportunity structure approach SES model theories on political participation 


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© Katia Pilati 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Katia Pilati
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  1. 1.University of TrentoItaly

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