35 / 2012
Cirila Toplak

Migrations and Citizenship: “New” Concepts and Practices


This paper explores interconnections of concepts of migration and citizenship by first presenting a case study of an internal migration of Bolivian indigenous communities which have been using temporary internal migrations as a form of political mobilization. An interpretation of such civic practices follows, on the one hand in the context of Bolivian politics, and on the other hand within concepts of “deep” (“ecological”) citizenship. To conclude, the author examines additional motives for migrations as a result of interactions of global mobility and new (Western) considerations of citizenship.

KEY WORDS: migration, citizenship, environment, ethics