Participating at the Ballot Box

March 8th, 2011

Civic engagement? Active citizenship? What’s another phrase for political participation? This month’s conversation invites Cem Özdemir, co-chair of the German Green Party, to talk about political life in Germany and the influences that shape his world view.

While popular democratic uprisings sweep across the Maghreb and Egypt, citizen campaigns in Boston and classrooms in Toronto are taking strategies for registering the immigrant vote all the way to the ballot box (webinar).

In the US and Canada, grassroots movements to mobilize city leaders behind local voting rights can look to Dublin and cities in 18 EU member states for inspiration. Political participation is one of the seven themes addressed in the new MIPEX III report: Canada ranks third behind Sweden and Portugal in integration policies for migrants.

The power of ideas to shape change is celebrated all over the world today. For International Women’s Day, we visit a new project from London-based Maslaha, and showcase women in integration.

The best thing about politics? Like spring, change may be just around the corner.

From The Cities of Migration team.

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