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Join the Democracy Academy of the New Europeans Initiative

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Influencing the decisions that affect you is important but comes with many challenges. The Democracy Academy offers 25 New Europeans who want to weigh in on policymaking and amplify their voices, the opportunity to learn and share knowledge.

Are you a New European?  


If you live in the European Union, have a migration background and have prior experience with participating in politics, then the Democracy Academy will be a great place to grow your knowledge and make new connections. 

We interpret ‘migration background‘ in a broad sense. The term ‘New Europeans’ covers people of diverse migrant backgrounds residing in Europe, such as non-EU nationals regardless of their status, EU citizens who are naturalised migrants, people whose parents or grandparents were migrants, and EU citizens who have migrated within the EU. 

Prior experience with political and civic participation can consist of experience in community organising, civil society or politics.  Experiences at the local, national or international levels are all relevant. 


What can you expect?  


Through 5 interactive online sessions with experts from the Migration Policy Group (MPG) and guest speakers who are leaders in their fields, participants of the Democracy Academy will dive into topics such as evidence-based advocacy, mobilising, campaigning, participatory decision-making and growing a sustainable and resilient organisation. 

The Democracy Academy will run from November to early December with weekly sessions of about three hours each. The sessions will take place every Thursday in the afternoon. Participation in the Democracy Academy is free. Participants who successfully engage in all the sessions will be awarded a certificate.  

Session 1 – Welcome and introduction (2 November)

Session 2 – Evidence-based advocacy (9 November)  

Session 3 – Organising for sustainability and resilience (16 November) 

Session 4 – Mobilising and campaigning (23 November) 

Session 5 – Participatory decision-making (7 December) 

For any questions or for more information you can contact Gergana Yovova. Throughout the selection process, special care will be taken to ensure that the group of participants is diverse with regard to gender, type of migration background and type of experience with political participation. 

About the Migration Policy Group (MPG)

MPG is an independent think-and-do-tank based in Brussels. MPG’s purpose is rooted in its ability to inspire networks to provide evidence-based projects, research and campaigns in the areas of integration, migration and anti-discrimination.