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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
30/01/2012 - 13:41
Short Answer

Only EU nationals have the right to vote in municipal elections.

Qualitative Info

Third country nationals do not have the right to vote or be elected at any level. Only EU nationals have this right. Initially, when the law establishing the right of EU  nationals to vote and stand for election was introduced in 2004  (Law on the Exercise of the Right to Vote and be Elected at Municipal and Local Elections by Nationals of Other Member States Residing in the Republic N. 98(I)2004) there were complaints that the persons affected were not given guidance on the procedure they had to follow in order to be allowed to vote (they were not informed that they had to register in electoral lists). This problem was fixed the following year and now EU nationals can vote or be elected in municipal elections without any known obstacles.

Groups affected/interested Migrants
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Political participation
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