Migrants’ voting at the local level is a human right

publication by a member of the Interest Group
by Nikolaos Sitaropoulos

According to a recent study, only 15 of the 28 EU member states allow categories of resident migrants (‘third country nationals’) to participate in local elections. Four of these states only allow migrants to vote but not to stand for election. The results of the latest European Parliament elections, which were characterised by a boost of extreme, anti-migrant parties, have made it even more difficult to publicly debate issues relating to migrants’ human rights, including voting, even if these rights are enshrined in European law.

Although states’ reluctance to recognise migrants’ voting rights in their host countries is exemplified in the 1990 International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, which only provides for migrants’ rights to participate in public affairs, vote, and run for office in their state of origin, Mr Sitaropoulos argues that migrants’ effective integration into European host states is not really possible if they are excluded from the most important process of a state’s democracy, that is, elections.

Read the entire blog here.


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