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Rewatch our webinar on overcoming barriers to civic and political participation

The meaningful, comprehensive participation of migrant stakeholders is essential to effective and democratic policymaking. This first webinar of the New Europeans Initiative examined the obstacles that stand in the way of the civic and political participation of New Europeans, and discussed the possibilities that exist for closing the participation gap.

In this webinar, MPG presented its new report that analyses interviews conducted with New European representatives across the EU on the barriers they face and the suggestions they have for policymakers. The presentation was followed by a panel debate involving several of those who contributed to the report research, who discussed these barriers and potential strategies for overcoming them with each other and with the webinar audience. The event closed with a brief presentation of the next steps for the New Europeans Initiative, including the toolkit for participatory policy-making, Democracy Academy, podcast and workshops.

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Introduction to NEI & motivation (Isabelle Chopin, MPG)

Report presentation – Meaningful civic and political participation of new Europeans: obstacles & recommendations
(Olivia Long, MPG)

15:20 – Panel debate – Strategies for overcoming barriers to civic and political participation: what works?
(Moderated by Sinem Yilmaz, MPG)

Overview of upcoming NEI activities; webinar close (Alexander Wolffhardt, MPG)

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.