The Transnational Political Practices of Chilean Migrants in the Netherlands

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When studying the transnational political practices of Chilean migrants in the Netherlands, a transnational approach forms part of the theoretical framework. The work on transnational migration by Glick Schiller, Basch and Blanc-Szanton (1992) offers this analytical framework. Glick Schiller et al. have been among the first scholars to have introduced a transnational approach in understanding the effects of migration. They define transnationalism as “The processes by which immigrants build social fields that link together their country of origin and their country of settlement” (p.1). These migrants who are involved in transnationalism are labeled ‘transmigrants’. “Transmigrants develop and maintain multiple relations – familial, economic, social, organizational, religious, and political that span borders” (1992, p.1). These transnational linkages that transcend national borders can be placed in the light of a bigger phenomenon called globalization. Globalization makes the world figuratively smaller and more compressed in terms of time and space. According to Inda and Rosaldo (2008), globalization creates interconnection and relations between places and people that go beyond the territorial borders of a nation state. This transnational and global element makes migrants people “Who inhabit imagined communities of belonging that cut across and encompass multiple national terrains” (p. 23). Transnational linkages and feelings of multiple belonging can be developed in several

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