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Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation

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  • 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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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 differentforms 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.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. Solidarity Protests Against Deportations

  3. Refugee Activism for Inclusion

  4. Restrictive Protest Against Asylum Seekers

  5. Conclusion

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 theUniversity 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

  • 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: Migration, Political Science

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