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15-03-2014

Seminar "Mobilising the Immigrant Community to Vote", 15 March 2014

The European Parliament in association with four migrant led organisations, AkiDwA, Africa Centre, Forum Polonia and New Community Partnership will hold a seminar on 15 March to develop strategies for mobilising the migrant population to vote. The meeting is being organised in the context of the upcoming European Elections on 23 May.  The seminar will take place from 10.00am-3.00pm at the European Parliament Office, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. All welcome.

Since 2005 over 60,000 immigrants have been granted Irish Citizenship. In addition, there are large numbers of immigrants from other EU countries that are entitled to vote in the European elections that will be held on 23 May 2014. However representation and participation of immigrants in public life remain low in Ireland.

This seminar is a follow up to a conference that was held October 2013 on Democratic Participation of Immigrants in Ireland. Participants at this conference acknowledged the importance of involving immigrants into political and civic life in Ireland as the 2011 census clearly indicated that 12% of the Irish population are immigrants. Many immigrants are involved in religious and community organisations but have yet to see their involvement represented in the political arena in Ireland.