Populations of immigrant origin are growing in Europe. This project starts from the assumption that immigrant populations have a high potential for active civic participation, because migrants experienced themselves the positive effects of reciprocal networks and the support by civic activists from the mainstream society. In addition, third country nationals may develop a more distinctive conception of European values and democracy than EU natives do, comparing to their state of origin. But legal and political conditions for migrants may discourage participation in the mainstream society. This project seeks to improve our understanding of different factors that promote or inhibit active civic participation of immigrants.
For more information visit the POLITIS Project website
Project co-ordinator: University of Oldenburg, Germany, Dr. Dita Vogel
Researchers for ELIAMEP: Dr. Anna Triandafyllidou, Dr. Ruby Gropas