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DivPol – Diversity in Political Parties’ Programmes, Organisation and Representation


This 18-month project, funded by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals, focuses on diversity in political parties’ programmes, organisation and representation. It builds on MPG’s previous work with political parties. In particular, MPG’s benchmarking tool on diversity within political parties will serve as the indicators framework in this new project.


Divpol logoThe aim of the project is to initiate, assess and support diversity development processes with regard to ethnic diversity in major political parties in member states.

The project both raises awareness and develops practical tools to promote diversity development in parties, particularly at the national level, and enhances the chances of participation for third-country nationals (TCNs) in parties.

Parties are central agents of societal development and have a responsibility to incorporate diversity and influence the development of related issues in all areas of society. Improving participation opportunities for TCNs in party politics is essential to increasing the influence of TCNs in decision-making processes and their place as agents in the democratic system.

The objectives will be achieved by means of a transnational comparison of participation opportunities and assessment of diversity within political parties, the development of specific strategy and policy recommendations and self-assessment indicators to assess and enhance diversity in parties.

In seven participating countries a university/research centre/NGO is involved and cooperates with major political parties and migrant organisations (30 people directly involved). On-going exchange and participation of TCNs, political stakeholders and representatives of civil society organisations is at the core of the project methodology.

MPG, as a supranational partner, strengthens the project’s European perspective.

Working steps

  • Production of documentary reports and empirical research on diversity development and possibilities for participation of TCNs in major political parties in the partner countries;pol-part-div-pol
  • Internal inquiry in migrant organisations on TCNs participation opportunities in political parties and assessment of party-political diversity by means of the MPG self-assessment-tool;
  • Seven workshops at national level with political parties and migrant organisations (party members with/without TCNs background, representatives of migrant organisations, elected representatives with TCNs background): Discussion and evaluation of tools for diversity assessment, of national lists of theses on favourable/unfavourable factors relating to party-political participation of TCNs (“Diversity Enhancement Factors”); summary of results in National Research Reports (review of workshop findings, the seven national documentary reports and seven empirical analyses);
  • Abstraction of national lists of theses for a European list of Diversity Enhancement Factors; drafting of self-assessment indicators for diversity enhancement and possibilities for TNCs participation in pol. parties; annotation of lists with regard to the weight of individual factors in internal review of migrant organisations;
  • Compilation of a synthesis report and policy recommendations for the EU level and discussion/dissemination of recommended strategies for the assessment of parties at a transnational conference.

Political parties

The political parties involved in the project include the following:

  • Labour Party (Ireland)
  • Polska Partia Pracy – “Sierpien 80″ (Poland)
  • Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (Germany)
  • Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (Germany)
  • Stockholms Socialdemokratiska partidistrikt (Sweden)
  • Partido Socialista Obrero español (Spain)
  • Alleanza per l´ Italia (Italy)
  • Unione Di Centro (Italy)

DIVPOL Work in Use

European People’s Party’s think-tank draws on MPG work with political parties for its publication on migrants’ participation in the political process

The Centre for European Studies, which works as the think-tank of the European People ‘s Party, has based its latest policy brief on migrants’ participation in the political process onMPG ‘s work with political parties.

For its latest policy brief on Migrating Towards Participation: Immigrants and Their Descendants in the Political Process, the Centre for European Studies used MPG’ s benchmarks on political parties as key standards to follow. The authors also drew on its related publication Becoming a Party of Choice: A Tool for Mainstreaming Diversity.

In its conclusions, the

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Flemish Integration Forum endorses MPG’s Tool for Mainstreaming Diversity in Political Parties

The Flemish Integration Forum calls on political parties to use the Migration Policy Group’s tool to mainstream diversity across their party operations

The Flemish Integration Forum (Minderhedenforum) has published a report on the political participation of immigrants in Flanders, coming to the conclusion that Flemish politics does not

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Upcoming Decision of the Bremen Constitutional Court on Voting Rights for Third Country Nationals

MIPEX III shows us that third country nationals do not enjoy voting rights anywhere in Germany.  This could change  in the near future if the Bremen Constitutional Court gives the green light to the Bremen Parliament to adopt legislation allowing third country nationals to  vote in local council elections

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More MPs with a migrant background in new German parliament

The recent national elections in Germany have brought 34 MPs with a migrant background in the Bundestag – about 5.5% of all MPs, up from 3.4% in the previous legislature. In particular, the of MPs with Turkish roots doubled. Karamba Diaby, a Senegal-born chemist, became Germany ‘s first Black MP.

Although 8.2% of Germany’ s 80 million

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  • European Commission  Home Affairs
  • Stochhollm University
  • lazarski university
  • cjd eutin
  • The Integration Centre
  • IPRS