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Register for our workshop on electoral participation

Get out the vote: New Europeans in the 2024 EU elections

24 October 2023, 14:00 to 16:00 CET (online)


To make European democracy inclusive the votes of New Europeans are crucial. In the past decade, approximately five million newcomers from outside the EU acquired citizenship of a member state. Over eleven million EU citizens of voting age currently live in another EU country. For these New Europeans, policies decided at the EU level have a very real impact on their everyday lives. But for various reasons, New Europeans often do not find their way to the ballot box.

In this workshop of the New Europeans Initiative, you will gain insight into the barriers that keep New Europeans from voting. MPG and various other stakeholders will share their recommendations on what works in get-out-the-vote campaigning aimed at people with diverse migrant backgrounds. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions to experts and share your own insights on how to enable migrants to vote.

Workshop agenda

Introduction & Welcome by Isabelle Chopin, Director, Migration Policy Group

Enhancing electoral participation of mobile voters in the European Parliament elections 2024 – Dr. Sinem Yilmaz, Integration Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Group

Panel debate: Towards non-partisan campaigns to get out the New Europeans vote in the 2024 European elections.

o Melis Ari, migrant rights defender & MoniheliNetwork of Multicultural Organisations, Finland 
o Thomas Huddleston, Scientific Collaborator, University of Liege
o Yonous Muhammadi, Director, Greek Forum for Refugees
o Asif Khan, European Coalition of Migrants and Refugees & Centre for Capacity Building and Empowerment, Sweden
o Ojeaku Nwabuzo, Co-director, European Network Against Racism

Moderation: Dr. Başak Yavçan, Head of Research, Migration Policy Group

The New Europeans Initiative’s 2024 VoteEuropa campaign: goals & next stepsAlexander Wolffhardt, Deputy Director, Migration Policy Group & Matthias Mertens, Communications Manager, Migration Policy Group

Audience Q&A

Support of the European Parliament: Strategy & tools for 2024 by Together.EU

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.