The political development of origin and host countries: Democratic contributions of the transnational associations´ movement
State Law and Sociology UNIVERSITY OF MALAGA MALAGA, SPAIN
Santa Cruz, Iñaki
Economía de la Empresa UNIVERSITAT AUTÒNOMA DE BARCELONA SABADELL, SPAIN
Sociology UNIVERSITAT AUTÒNOMA DE BARCELONA BELLATERRA (BARCELONA), SPAIN
The phenomenon of transnationality is acquiring greater significance in Europe but especially in Spanish society. The contributions of the immigrant population to the economic and political development of origin and host countries is being analysed through the R+D project entitled "TRANSMIGRA: The analysis of processes of Moroccan, Ecuadorian and Romanian economic and political transnationality. Migration as a development factor in origin and host countries" (2005-2008).
This paper takes part of the TRANSMIGRA fieldwork and focuses on the analysis of the participation of the immigrant population in associations from the host country which are linked to associations in the country of origin. Some of the contributions of the immigrant population to the host and origin societies can involve going deeper into the processes of democratisation which the countries of origin are immersed in. On the other hand, they can lead to an improvement in democracy in the host countries as multicultural societies.