This policy brief addresses the issue of electoral participation of mobile voters, including naturalised migrants, second-generation migrants, and mobile EU citizens. Although being a significant part of the EU population, previous studies show that mobile voters have been underrepresented in local, national and EU elections.
This policy brief provides an overview of academic and policy literature on the electoral participation of these groups, investigates the main obstacles that lead to their divergent participation levels as compared to the rest of the society. It presents models and policy options to increase the voter turnout among mobile EU citizens, naturalised migrants and their descendants in the 2024 European Parliament elections.
These elections offer a crucial opportunity to address this issue and to work towards enhancing electoral participation among mobile voters. By doing so, the EU’s representative body will better reflect its constituent diversity and can better serve the needs and interests of all EU citizens.
About the New Europeans Initiative
In a vibrant democracy everyone can take part in political and social life. People with diverse origins and cultural backgrounds are an inseparable part of European society. But these New Europeans face many barriers that hinder their ability to have a say in decisions that affect them daily.
The New Europeans Initiative is a programme of the Migration Policy Group aimed at making European democracy fit for an increasingly diverse and internationally mobile society. We research policies, identify best practices, and promote evidence-based solutions.
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.