Pietka-Nykaza, E and McGhee, D (2015) Stakeholder citizenship: the complexities of Polish migrants' citizenship attachments in the context of the Scottish independence referendum. Citizenship Studies, 20 (1). 115 - 129. ISSN 1362-1025

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This article focuses on the experiences of Scotland’s largest foreign-born minority group, namely Poles, in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. We draw on 20 in-depth interviews to explore our participants’ intentions and justifications for voting (or not) in the referendum. We found that our participants tended to emphasise the jus domicili principle when justifying their eligibility to vote in the referendum. However, our participants extended the jus domicili principle in their justifications to also include the intention to stay in Scotland as a central aspect of their continuing stake in (and right to vote in the referendum to determine) Scotland’s future. Through exploring our participants’ justifications for voting in the referendum, we were able to examine and better understand how migrants constitute their citizenship through articulating their substantive attachments (social, economic and relational or familial) in their adoptive country and in their country of origin.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Polish migrants, migration, Scottish independence referendum, citizenship, voting rights
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2018 12:15
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 10:21
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/4495

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