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Outreach - encourage participation - Practical obstacles or problems for migrants in exercising their right to vote

Key Area:
Political & Civic Participation
Discrimination, Equality
27/02/2012 - 12:58
Short Answer

Evidence exists of naturalised Irish nationals who are from a migrant background being overlooked at election time by campaigners.

Qualitative Info

The Immigrant Council of Ireland launched a campaign in 2011 to highlight the situation of naturalised Irish nationals who are from a  migrant background being overlooked at the time of a national election by campaigners and candidates. The campaign, entitled 'Count Us In' highlighted that the main Irish political parties were at risk of loseing out on a significant number of votes if they did not recognise and address the needs of this demographic. In turn, migrants who had acquired Irish citizenship expressed severe disenfranchisement with the electoral system as they felt that their vote did not count. Further information is available here:

Information on the 'Count Us In' campaign on the 'Cities of Migration' website:

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Ethnic minorities
Type (R/D)
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Political discourse -parties - orgs, Political participation, Integration - social cohesion, Daily life
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