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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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MODOLO, Vanina. Migrants' Political Participation: Reflections on Expanding Citizenship in Argentina. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2014, vol.59, n.220, pp.349-370. ISSN 0185-1918.

Political participation for both, foreigners living in Argentina as well as nationals living abroad, is the topic of this paper. Through legislation, both groups have limited, in whole or in part, voting rights. An empirical study is carried out in order to identify that discrimination. The study of the legal framework allows us to verify whether or not migrants are considered political actors, empowered to participate actively in public life, and become part of the common will. This review reveals that there is a heterogeneous landscape of the legislative framework that enables the vote in national, provincial and local elections. It is argued that restricting citizenship to nationality or residence is a simple and unrealistic approach to contemporary human mobility. An open, inclusive and flexible citizenship is more consistent with a true democratic order.

Keywords : citizenship; migrants; political rights; vote; elections.

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