Migrant Voices - Mainstreaming Diversity in Political Parties


MPG is undertaking a pilot project funded by the European Programme on Integration and Migration (EPIM) to assess the extent to which migrants’ voices are successfully heard at all levels of interaction with political parties (constituents, voters, activists, employees, and political candidates). A major output will be the development of benchmarks to help parties “practice what they preach” by mainstreaming diversity practices into party processes across the political spectrum


France, Germany, UK and beyond

Scheduled to run from December 2010 to December 2011, the project brought together senior strategists from the primary political groupings in France, Germany and the United Kingdom to share good practice and formulate experience-based recommendations for action.

The target countries have some of the largest migrant populations in the European Union, long histories of immigration and sizeable electorates. They are valuable testing grounds to pilot the project for future extension to other EU countries.

Advisory Council

MPG worked with an Advisory Council made up of one individual from each of the three target countries with access to cross-party political networks and extensive experience in diversity mainstreaming to engage national-level stakeholders, contribute expertise to the comparative analysis and benchmarking process, as well as to disseminate the findings of the project within civil society organisations at a national level.

Toolkit & Results

Political Parties Diversity Benchmarking toolThe project produced atoolkit’ for mainstreaming diversity in political parties including:

  • The results of the comparative analysis
  • Concrete proposals on effective multi-level diversity mainstreaming
  • Examples of good practice
  • Benchmarks and indicators for evaluating strategies.

The toolkit is designed for use by parties across the political spectrum as well as for use by immigrants and civil society actors working towards the better representation of migrants’ voices in politics. 

The findings of the project were presented and discussed at an expert meeting at the European Parliament hosted by the EP Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup.

To learn more about the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), click here.