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Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation

  • This open access book provide an analysis of solidarity protest, refugee activism and restrictive protest

  • Providing comparative insights into pro- and anti-migration protest across and within three countries

  • Investigating relations between refugees and citizens

  • Shedding light on emergence, dynamics, and effects of protest with longitudinal data and case study perspectives

Part of the book series: IMISCOE Research Series (IMIS)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Political Protest in Asylum and Deportation. An Introduction

      • Sieglinde Rosenberger
      Pages 3-25Open Access
  3. Contextualizing Protest

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 27-27
    2. Asylum Policies and Protests in Austria

      • Nina Merhaut, Verena Stern
      Pages 29-47Open Access
  4. Solidarity Protests Against Deportations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 87-87
    2. Tracing Anti-deportation Protests: A Longitudinal Comparison of Austria, Germany and Switzerland

      • Didier Ruedin, Sieglinde Rosenberger, Nina Merhaut
      Pages 89-115Open Access
    3. Worth the Effort: Protesting Successfully Against Deportations

      • Maren Kirchhoff, Johanna Probst, Helen Schwenken, Verena Stern
      Pages 117-139Open Access
  5. Refugee Activism for Inclusion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 161-161
    2. “We Belong Together!” Collective Anti-deportation Protests in Osnabrück

      • Sophie Hinger, Maren Kirchhoff, Ricarda Wiese
      Pages 163-184Open Access
    3. “We Are Here to Stay” – Refugee Struggles in Germany Between Unity and Division

      • Abimbola Odugbesan, Helge Schwiertz
      Pages 185-203Open Access
    4. “We Demand Our Rights!” The Refugee Protest Camp Vienna

      • Monika Mokre
      Pages 205-221Open Access
  6. Restrictive Protest Against Asylum Seekers

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 223-223
    2. Protest Against the Reception of Asylum Seekers in Austria

      • Miriam Haselbacher, Sieglinde Rosenberger
      Pages 247-269Open Access
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 271-271
    2. Protests Revisited: Political Configurations, Political Culture and Protest Impact

      • Gianni D’Amato, Helen Schwenken
      Pages 273-291Open Access

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

  • University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

    Sieglinde Rosenberger, Nina Merhaut

  • Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    Verena Stern

About the editors

Sieglinde Rosenberger is Professor of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Her research interests include protest politics, asylum, immigrant integration and deportation.

Verena Stern is a doctoral researcher at PRIF and is working towards a doctorate at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. She was previously a BMWFW Doctoral Research Fellow at the Austrian Centers in Edmonton, Canada and Minneapolis, USA. She studied Political Science at the University of Vienna, where she was a researcher on the project “Taking Sides: Protest against the Deportation of Asylum Seekers” and has worked as a lecturer. Her research interests include protest and social movements, migration, political sociology, and political theory.

Nina Merhaut worked as a researcher on the project “Taking Sides: Protest against the Deportation of Asylum Seekers” at the University of Vienna. She studied Political Science and International Development at the University of Vienna and the University of Buenos Aires. Her research interests include migration and asylum, protest and social movements, and the welfare state.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation

  • Editors: Sieglinde Rosenberger, Verena Stern, Nina Merhaut

  • Series Title: IMISCOE Research Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-74695-1Published: 27 April 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-09057-9Published: 15 January 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-74696-8Published: 18 April 2018

  • Series ISSN: 2364-4087

  • Series E-ISSN: 2364-4095

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 294

  • Number of Illustrations: 19 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Migration, Political Science

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)