Marginalized (non)citizens: migrant youth political engagement, volunteering and performative citizenship in the context of Brexit

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Abstract

Migrants' opportunities for civic and political participation are often restricted by their legal rights. This paper reports on a study which included a survey with 1120 young people aged 12-18 originally from Central and Eastern Europe, living in the UK, and follow-up focus groups with 122 participants. We examine young people's views on political and non-political participation and their engagement in everyday performative citizenship. We found connections between civic participation and political participation, and both are conditioned by one's sense of belonging to place and recognition of individual agency. Young people were interested and wanted to be involved in politics, yet they did not feel they could shape political decisions, unlike other forms of participation, such as volunteering and social activism. The study progresses existing knowledge on young people's exclusions from everyday performative citizenship, in the context of current public debates on youth engagement and young migrants' integration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1502-1526
Number of pages25
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Volume46
Issue number7
Early online date6 Dec 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2023

Keywords

  • migrant youth
  • citizenship
  • youth political participation
  • civic participation
  • social activism
  • volunteering
  • migrant voting

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