Immigration : Meps Seek Voting Rights for Migrants in Local Elections
In a (non-binding) own initiative report, MEPs call on member states to authorise legal migrants to vote in local elections. At the same time, the text bya Simon Busuttil (EPP-ED, Malta), adopted on 22 April in Strasbourg by 485 votes in favour, 110 against and 19 abstentions, urges member states to "jointly tackle" the problems caused by illegal immigration.
Other Conservatives attempted to do away with the reference to voting. But their alternative resolution was rejected by 262 votes in favour, 344 against and 23 abstentions. It is "fundamental that the European Union remains a welcoming environment for all those obtaining the right to remain there," underlines the text …
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Publication information: Article title: Immigration : Meps Seek Voting Rights for Migrants in Local Elections. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: European Social Policy. Publication date: May 5, 2009. Page number: 249304. © 2009 Europolitics. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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