Why do newcomers vote for a newcomer? Support for an immigrant party

S. Otjes, A.P.M. Krouwel

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This article studies the voters of DENK, the first immigrant party to gain seats in a national parliament. It builds further on the existing literature on how immigrants and people from immigrant descent vote in Western European countries. From the literature we derive seven expectations about the kind of voters that are likely to vote for an immigrant party in terms of their political cynicism, attitudes towards economic, globalisation and moral issues. We find that DENK voters are younger Muslims, who have conservative views on moral matters, cynical attitudes towards politics, right-wing views on economic matters and progressive views on issues that pertain to the globalisation dimension, such as immigration, integration and Islam and in particular discrimination. This article uses VAA data to construct a matched sample that in terms of key variables is representative for voters with and without a migration background.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1148-1167
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Issue number7
Early online date8 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2019


  • Immigrant party, the Netherlands, immigrant voting


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