Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sieglinde Rosenberger
      Pages 3-25 Open Access
  3. Contextualizing Protest

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Nina Merhaut, Verena Stern
      Pages 29-47 Open Access
  4. Solidarity Protests Against Deportations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Didier Ruedin, Sieglinde Rosenberger, Nina Merhaut
      Pages 89-115 Open Access
    3. Maren Kirchhoff, Johanna Probst, Helen Schwenken, Verena Stern
      Pages 117-139 Open Access
  5. Refugee Activism for Inclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Sophie Hinger, Maren Kirchhoff, Ricarda Wiese
      Pages 163-184 Open Access
    3. Abimbola Odugbesan, Helge Schwiertz
      Pages 185-203 Open Access
    4. Monika Mokre
      Pages 205-221 Open Access
  6. Restrictive Protest Against Asylum Seekers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Miriam Haselbacher, Sieglinde Rosenberger
      Pages 247-269 Open Access
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Gianni D’Amato, Helen Schwenken
      Pages 273-291 Open Access
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 293-294

About this book


This open access book deals with contestations “from below” of legal policies and implementation practices in asylum and deportation. Consequently, it covers three types of mobilization: solidarity protests against the deportation of refused asylum seekers, refugee activism campaigning for residence rights and inclusion, and restrictive protests against the reception of asylum seekers. By applying both a longitudinal analysis of protest events and a series of in-depth case studies in three immigration countries, this edited volume provides comparative insights into these three types of movement in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland over a time span of twenty-five years. Embedded in concepts of political change, limited state sovereignty, and migration control, the findings shed light on actors, repertoires, and the effects of protest activities. The contributions illustrate how local contexts, national political settings, issue specifics, and social ties lead to distinctly different forms of protest emergence, dynamics, and strategies. Additionally, they give a profound understanding of the mechanisms and constellations that contribute to protest success, both in terms of preventing deportations of individuals as well as changing policies. In sum, this book constitutes a major contribution to empirically informed theoretical reflections on collective contestation in the fields of refugee studies and social protest movements.


Protest mobilization and outcome Political participation Emotions and social ties Deportation nation Refugees Pro-migrant protest Anti-migrant protest Open access

Editors and affiliations

  • Sieglinde Rosenberger
    • 1
  • Verena Stern
    • 2
  • Nina Merhaut
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Peace Research Institute FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany
  3. 3.University of ViennaViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74695-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74696-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-4087
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-4095
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