Instytute of Public Affairs
People traveling within Europe and settling in another EU state bring their voting rights (in local and European elections) with them. However, not many of them use this opportunity to impact local and European politics in the new home country.
Because they don’t know they can
Because they don’t know how to do it
Our idea is simple: to provide people living in other EU country clear and simple manual, how to participate in democratic life. How to vote.
Online platform will provide voting manual for selected EU-states.
More and more EU citizens migrate within Europe. Most of them do not vote or vote in their countries of origin in embassies. Abstaining from voting excludes them from the democratic process in their new country. Let’s help them to be involved.
More and more Europeans regardless their nationality living in another EU member country will vote in local and European elections, more of them will be involved in the democratic process.
We plan to launch an online platform including clear and simple manuals with detailed and concrete information how to vote in local and European election: where to go to register, what documents to bring, where to find forms, what to do on the voting day. The online platform will include country-specific manuals first for a few and later on for more and more EU states.Information will be provided in local language and English (possibility of extension with support of Advocate Europe partners)
In 2017 Institute of Public Affairs conducted a research about EU migrants living in Poland. We surprisingly discovered that the vast majority of them do not vote in Polish local and European Parliament elections, despite have the right to do so on the basis of EU law.
EU migrants - all Europeans who live in another EU member state than their home country regardless their nationality or country of living. The platform will start in few countries with the aim to be extended in cooperation with Advocate for Europe colleagues for further ones.
Any feedback - very welcome. Do you know any similar information channels for migrants in your country? Do you find it useful? How do you imagine such website? What do you find the most challenging and difficult?