Pathways to Power: The Political Representation of citizens of Immigrant Origin in Seven European Democracies.

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Principal investigators:

Dr Manlio Cinalli (SciencesPo), Prof Laura Morales (Leicester), Prof Thomas Saalfeld (Bamberg), and Prof Jean Tillie (Netherlands).

UK Team:

Prof Laura Morales (PI)

University of Leicester sub-team:

Dr Simona Guerra (Co-Investigator)

Dr Luis Ramiro (Co-Investigator)

Dr Emmanuel Sigalas (External Researcher Collaborator)

Angeliki Konstantinidou (Researcher)

Dr Daniela Vintila (Researcher)

Siresa Lopez (Researcher)

University of Manchester sub-team:

Prof Ed Fieldhouse (Co-Investigator)

Dr Maria Sobolewska (Co-Investigator)

Patrick English (ESRC PhD student)

Anthony Chambers (ESRC PhD student)


Project Brief:

PATHWAYS is an international co-operative and comparative project led by four universities: the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), the University of Bamberg (Germany), the University of Leicester (United Kingdom) and SciencesPo (France).

Over the past decades, the ethnic diversity within European societies has increased radically and immigration is one of the most important challenges facing Europe today. Our project develops a study of the descriptive and substantive political representation of citizens of immigrant origin in the legislative assemblies of seven European countries: France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom.

The UK team is funded by an ESRC grant (ref. ES/L016664/1) and is in charge of the British, Greek, Italian and Spanish case studies. The team based in Leicester undertakes the south European study, and the team based at Manchester focuses on the British Case.

News and Events

"Pathways to Power Workshop : The Political Representation of Citizens of Immigrant Origin in Seven European Democracies"


Monday, 15 February 2016 from 11:00 to 16:30 (GMT)


Institute for Government - 2 Carlton Gardens London SW1Y 5AA GB




The project Pathways to Power: The Political Representation of Citizens of Immigrant Origin in Seven European Democracies is a three-year project funded by the research councils of Britain (ESRC), France (ANR), Germany (DFG) and the Netherlands (NWO) since 2014. It has been joined in 2015 by a Belgian sister project funded by UCLouvain, ULB and VUB universities and the Fund of Scientific Research (FNRS). The project studies the political representation of citizens of immigrant origin and its social, political and institutional context in eight European democracies: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. The study covers the period from 1990 to the most recent complete national legislatures. It will also include data on the most recent legislative terms of regional assemblies.

At the project’s mid-point, the Pathways research team are delighted to present some preliminary findings relating to the most recent two complete legislative terms in each of the countries studied. Although we are continuing to collect data, we are already in a position to share, and discuss, some first, fascinating findings.

The University of Leicester and the Political Studies Association are pleased to invite interested members of the public  to attend the event. The workshop is designed to provide information to a more general audience and academics. It will provide a more detailed overview of the preliminary results and an opportunity for discussion.

To view the programme click here.

To access all the presentations please click here.

To view the recording of the workshop, click here.

Learn more about our preliminary findings.


ECPR General Conference 2015

"The Impact of Migration Flows, Public Opinion and Party Strategies on the Representation of Immigrant Origin Minorities in Countries of Recent Immigration. A Comparison of Italy and Spain" by Laura Morales, Daniela Vintila, Luis Ramiro and Simona Guerra

Panel on Descriptive Representation: Mechanisms of Inclusion and Exclusion; Time: 28/08/2015 09:00; Location: Building: Jean-Brillant Floor: 4 Room: B-4325

More information regarding project updates, conferences and publications can be found on the external project website

If you have any questions please contact the Pathways project team.

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Contact Details

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University of Leicester
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Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2702