Specialists from all over Europe are to participate in an interdisciplinary conference on voting rights for foreigners in Luxembourg. On March 20 and 21, leading thinkers in Europe from legal, philosophical and political backgrounds will gather at Luxembourg’s Chamber of Deputies for a conference dubbed “A new horizon for democracy? Voting rights for foreigners in national elections”. This conference discussion will be conducted in French with simultaneous English translation.
The event is organised by the University of Luxembourg’s Research Chair in Parliamentary Studies ahead of a referendum in Luxembourg which will ascertain what proportion of Luxembourgers support allowing foreign nationals the right to vote in legislative elections.
Currently, foreign nationals living in Luxembourg for five or more years may participate in Communal elections or European elections only.
With almost half of the country’s population composed of non-Luxembourg nationals, the consultative referendum on June 7 will be the first national poll on the highly divisive subject.