Nowadays, when international mobility is at the top of the EU agenda, which makes many European cities host a vibrant mix of European and non-European nationals living and working there, it is extremely important to foster their civic rights and participation.

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Often, lost in the bureaucracy and hurdles of the new environments, foreign citizens are not sufficiently informed about their voting rights at the local and European level. At the same time, local authorities often struggle to integrate them and are not aware of their electoral potential.

ALDA together with its partners consolidated their forces to foster the successful inclusion of EU mobile citizens in their host country’s civic and political life through the provision of a holistic approach to tackling obstacles they face when exercising their rights. The FAIR EU (Fostering Awareness, Inclusion and Recognition of EU Mobile Citizens’ Political Rights) project primarily consists of extensive research into electoral obstacles of foreign citizens and a campaign to encourage participation in local elections in Brussels in October 2018. The project will be carried out with European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), Migration Policy Group (PMG), European University Institute (EUI), and Malmö University (MU).

ALDA is a key stakeholder in bringing the project outcomes closer to the local level through its large network of local authorities, association of local authorities, civil society organisations, universities, and research institutions. The project is an excellent opportunity to raise foreign citizens’ awareness about their voting rights and thus, to foster their participation in the life of the hosting cities and their dialogue with the local authorities. All in all, looking at the big picture, we believe that FAIR EU contributes to the creation of a more inclusive and politically engaged European society which is equally part of ALDA’s mission.

Nowadays, when international mobility is at the top of the EU agenda, which makes many European cities host a vibrant mix of European and non-European nationals living and working there, it is extremely important to foster their civic rights and participation.

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Often, lost in the bureaucracy and hurdles of the new environments, foreign citizens are not sufficiently informed about their voting rights at the local and European level. At the same time, local authorities often struggle to integrate them and are not aware of their electoral potential.

ALDA together with its partners consolidated their forces to foster the successful inclusion of EU mobile citizens in their host country’s civic and political life through the provision of a holistic approach to tackling obstacles they face when exercising their rights. The FAIR EU (Fostering Awareness, Inclusion and Recognition of EU Mobile Citizens’ Political Rights) project primarily consists of extensive research into electoral obstacles of foreign citizens and a campaign to encourage participation in local elections in Brussels in October 2018. The project will be carried out with European Citizen Action Service (ECAS), Migration Policy Group (PMG), European University Institute (EUI), and Malmö University (MU).

ALDA is a key stakeholder in bringing the project outcomes closer to the local level through its large network of local authorities, association of local authorities, civil society organisations, universities, and research institutions. The project is an excellent opportunity to raise foreign citizens’ awareness about their voting rights and thus, to foster their participation in the life of the hosting cities and their dialogue with the local authorities. All in all, looking at the big picture, we believe that FAIR EU contributes to the creation of a more inclusive and politically engaged European society which is equally part of ALDA’s mission.