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New York and AmsterdamImmigration and the New Urban Landscape$
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Nancy Foner, Jan Rath, Jan Willem Duyvendak, and Rogier van Reekum

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738092

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738092.001.0001

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Immigrant Political Engagement and Incorporation in Amsterdam

Immigrant Political Engagement and Incorporation in Amsterdam

(p.230) 8 Immigrant Political Engagement and Incorporation in Amsterdam
New York and Amsterdam

Floris Vermeulen

Laure Michon

Jean Tillie

NYU Press

This chapter examines how immigrants have entered the precincts of power in Amsterdam over the last two decades. In exploring this question, it analyzes the different processes of political incorporation of the city's three largest immigrant groups: Surinamese, Turks, and Moroccans. It begins with background information on Surinamese, Turkish, and Moroccan immigrants in Amsterdam. It then examines the extent to which the three groups have been able to achieve political positions and influence. This is followed by an attempt to explain the differing positions of the three groups within the local political system. It finds that Surinamese and Moroccan immigrants have relatively low participation rates, but have had relatively high levels of political influence in certain periods, whereas Turkish immigrants have high participation rates, but have yet to gain influential executive political positions.

Keywords:   immigrants, political power, local politics, Surinamese, Turks, Moroccans

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