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Expat Representation

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

France's newly-elected National Assembly meets on June 26, 2012. (Getty)

Professor of social and political theory at the European University Institute in Italy, Rainer Bauböck, explains why some countries, most recently the Dominican Republic and France, have allocated seats in their legislature to represent expats and whether this is a good model.

Click here for an explainer on expat representation from It's A Free Country. 

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Comments [3]

foodaggro from Brooklyn

Yawwwwnnn. Beyond giving Brian the opportunity to sound off like a pretentious, political know-it-all and to repeat the term "expat" numerous times, what is the point of this topic?
Slow news day?

Jun. 27 2012 11:45 AM
JP from London

It makes so much sense for diasporas to have representation in countries like the DR, where remittances are so common and, as your guest mentioned, expats have property and other interests in their home countries.

Americans living abroad don't yet meet that criteria - there are too few of us, and even fewer who send remittances. However since I am one, there are a lot of issues that I would want my theoretical diaspora representative to address

- the fact that US citizens are the only people required to pay taxes as expats, which discourages us from living and working abroad, and from joining international organisations

- the various civil liberties that we are "exempted" from because we live abroad - our phones can be wiretapped, and now we even have to worry about drone strikes!

I wouldn't be surprised if Americans did eventually participate in this type of representation - as we move toward a multipolar world, Americans may feel the need to join the international community by living abroad and then seeking representation for those populations.

Jun. 27 2012 11:44 AM
John-Paul G from Elizabeth, NJ

I question the need for these expat posts. Isn't this what ambassadors are for?

Jun. 27 2012 11:34 AM

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