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Students with an immigrant background in Brussels and their first vote : an analysis of voting intentions for the 2007 federal elections

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Teney, Céline; Jacobs, Dirk

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Abstract In recent years, Belgians with an immigrant background have become an important electoral force in Belgian cities and in particular in the Brussels-Capital Region. Literature on the choice of parties and the voting characteristics of Belgians with an immigrant background is, however, lacking. In this article, we shall present the first analysis of the electoral characteristics of young students with an immigrant background in the Brussels-Capital Region who were voting for the first time in 2007. We have attempted to determine whether pupils with a non-European immigrant background have a special electoral profile which cannot be explained by other sociodemographic characteristics, such as their socioeconomic status or their educational orientation. Contrary to our expectations, after controlling a series of mediating variables, the country of birth of the mother of young students, still has a significant impact on their voting intentions.
Keywords Belgium; migrant; political participation; voting behavior; student
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method empirical; quantitative empirical
Free Keywords political participation
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 1-12
Journal Brussels Studies: the e-journal for academic research on Brussels/ la revue scientifique électr. pour les recherches sur Bruxelles/ Het elektr. wetenschappelijk tijdschrift v. onderzoek over Brussel (2009) 24
Status Published Version; not reviewed
Licence Basic Digital Peer Publishing Licence