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

Code:
RED96
Key Area:
Political & Civic Participation
Strand(s):
Discrimination, Equality
20/01/2012 - 21:52
Short Answer

No data on number of migrants (non-national residents of Slovenia) with voting rights who actually exercise their rights.

Qualitative Info

In the 2006 local elections there were 20.225 non-national residents of Slovenia (migrants) with voting rights, registered in voting (electoral) registers. There is no data available how many of them have exercised their right. Although EU nationals with permanent residence permit in Slovenia can stand as candidates in the local elections, no such resident have been elected in municipality councils.

The process of recruitment of candidates in the local elections is made mostly through political parties, although there are cases of independent lists of candidates. It seems that migrants, including EU nationals, are not integrated in the political  community  (parties,  independents lists)  to be  able to exercise the right to stand as candidates in the local elections. The obstacles for the integration in that field may arise from the lack of knowledge about the Slovenian political system, history and language.


Source:

Polo┼żaj tujcev v Sloveniji po lokalnih volitvah 2006 (Situation of foreign citizens in Slovenia after 2006 local elections), a report by Roman Lavtar for IFIMES,http://www.ifimes.org/default.cfm?Jezik=si&Kat=10&ID=300. Date of access: 20.1.2012.

Groups affected/interested Migrants
Type (R/D)
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Political participation
External Url http://www.ifimes.org/default.cfm?Jezik=si&Kat=10&ID=300
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