New Voters for the Bundestag? Potential Turnout among Third Country Nationals in Germany’s General Elect ions (February 2013 – August 2013)

Three in five foreigners in Germany come from a country outside of the EU. Unlike EU citizens who are allowed to vote in local and European elections, these third country nationals are excluded from political decision-making processes.

This project sought to examine to what extent third country nationals are interested in voting in general elections at the federal level and identifies their potential participation in future Bundestag elections based on a special analysis of data from the Immigrant Citizens Survey (ICS) Germany conducted by the SVR Research Unit which surveyed around 1,000 migrants from third countries. Based on the analysis, the SVR Research Unit recommends a stronger push for naturalization and greater emphasis on German citizenship and voting rights.

The project was funded by the Stiftung Mercator. The final results were published in August 2013.

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New Voters for the Bundestag? Potential Turnout among Third Country Nationals in General Elections


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