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Taking sides - Protest against the Deportation of Asylum Seekers

Applicant D'Amato Gianni
Number 147359
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Schweizerisches Forum für Migrations- und Bevölkerungsstudien (SFM)
Institution of higher education University of Neuchatel - NE
Main discipline Political science
Start/End 01.10.2013 - 30.06.2017
Approved amount 279'544.00
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Keywords (6)

Protest; Participation; Social Movement; Deportation; Asylum and Migration; Impact

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Abschiebungen von AsylwerberInnen, als forciertes Instrument der Migrationskontrolle, werden wissenschaftlich als ‘deportation turn’ kritisiert. Menschen empfinden (zunehmend) Unbehagen gegen diese staatliche Zwangsmaßnahme. Gegenstand des vorliegenden Projekts „Partei ergreifen“ sind diese meist kleinräumigen, lokalen Protestaktivitäten gegen Abschiebungen abgelehnter AsylwerberInnen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz.
Lay summary

Ziel des Projektes ist es, im Zeit- (1995 bis 2010) und Ländervergleich Akteure, Protestziele, -formen und -intensität zu identifizieren und zu erklären. Folgende Forschungsfragen leiten das Erkenntnisinteresse: Was sind die Charakteristika dieser Protestaktivitäten und deren Verläufe? Wie können Unterschiede in den Protestzielen, -formen und -intensität zwischen Ländern und im Zeitvergleich verstanden und erklärt werden? Basierend auf der Annahme, dass Unterschiede nicht nur auf länderspezifische Umwelten zurückzuführen sind, sondern auch innerhalb der Länder sowie innerhalb bestimmter Abschiebefälle auftreten, wird in diesem Projekt ein dreigliedriges Erklärungsmodell zur Anwendung kommen. Konkret synthetisiert das Modell folgende Erklärungsstränge: den Ansatz der politischen Gelegenheitsstrukturen, der insbesondere institutionelle Faktoren der untersuchten Länder einbezieht; Dynamiken, die aus Veränderungen des politischen/sozialen Umfelds sowie aus Protestverläufen resultieren; und materielle wie nicht-materielle Ressourcen, die sowohl auf der Seite der Protestierenden als auch auf der Seite der Abzuschiebenden relevant sein können (insbesondere Emotionen und soziale Nähe). Hinsichtlich Datenerhebung und -aus­wertung werden eine Medien-Claims-Analyse (auf der Grundlage von Medienberichten) sowie Fallstudien zu einzelnen Abschiebefällen (mittels Interviews und Dokumentenanalysen) durchgeführt werden.

Das Projekt möchte belegen, inwieweit Bürgerengagement einen Einfluss auf die Asylpolitik nehmen kann.

 

 

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 27.09.2013

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

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Publications

Publication
Politicization from Below? The Deportation Issue in Public Discourse in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany
Ruedin Didier & Meyer Sarah (2014), Politicization from Below? The Deportation Issue in Public Discourse in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
University of Osnabück, IMIS Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
University of Vienna, Department for Political Science Austria (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Deportations as a Conflicting Issue / Konflikte um Abschiebungen Talk given at a conference Ideal-Types of Anti-Deportation Protests in Switzerland 21.09.2016 Osnabrück, Germany Probst Johanna; Bader Dina;
ISA Forum (International Sociological Association) Talk given at a conference Saving Deportees: Dynamics of Mobilizations Against Deportation in Switzerland (N° RC47-543.4) 10.07.2016 Vienna, Austria Bader Dina; Probst Johanna;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
CAS Droit des migrations - Module 2 Talk 09.04.2016 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Probst Johanna;


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: radio, television Migration und Menschenströme SRF Einstein German-speaking Switzerland 2015

Abstract

In the era of the “deportation turn” within liberal democracies, certain sections of the population express unease and moral outrage towards the forcible expulsion of non-citizens from the state territory. Against this background, the project Taking Sides analyses anti-deportation protest trajectories in the three D/A/CH countries -Germany (D), Austria (A), and Switzerland (CH)-trans-nationally, over a period of 15 years, and by developing a new synthesis of different theoretical strands to explain variation. Aiming at exploring and explaining the goals, form and degree of diverse anti-deportation protest activities across countries and time (1995-2010), the project seeks to answer the following research questions: What shapes the trajectories of protest against the deportation of asylum seekers and what is characteristic and even distinct about anti-deportation protest? How can we explain variation in the goals, forms, and degree of anti-deportation protest, both across countries and over time? How relevant are structural factors vis-à-vis agency and resources? What role do emotional and social ties to deportees play in explaining anti-deportation protest?Assuming that variation not only occurs across nation states, but also within countries and even between individual deportation cases, we will apply and redefine a tripartite explanatory model developed for this project proposal. The model considers (a) the political opportunity structure for anti-deportation protest that is characteristic for each of the three countries, (b) dynamics resulting from changes in the political environment as well as from previous protest in the field, and (c) material and non-material resources available to protest actors and deportees. Thus, by establishing a dialogue between migration research, political science, and social movement research, the project develops an integrated perspective combining the political opportunity structure approach with the resource mobilization perspective and further develops the two by integrating political dynamics and emotional processes into the analysis. The project applies a mixed method approach for data collection and analysis. A media claims analysis will be completed by a series of in-depth case studies to collect information on the composition of protest groups and their resources, their social ties to deportees, and the course and reach of the protest. The added value of investigating protest in three (partly similar, partly different) countries is to fill the lack of comparative analysis across national contexts and longer periods of time that would provide insights into the dynamics of such protest, the composition of protest groups and their aims and protest activities. The expected results will contribute to explaining factors of these altruistic, small-scale protest activities.
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