FAIR EU (Fostering Awareness Inclusion and Recognition) aims to foster the successful inclusion of EU mobile citizens in their host EU country’s civic and political life through the provision of a holistic approach to tackling obstacles they face when exercising their rights.
Both free movement and political rights of EU mobile citizens are intimately related: the fact that exercising political and civic rights is dependent on the implementation of free movement rights lies at the heart of our approach.
This link will be examined through a number of activities:
– Research and analysis to formal and informal obstacles to both free movement and political rights
– Focus group meetings in EU Member States which attract the highest number of EU mobile citizens
– Boosting local campaigns for the upcoming local elections in Belgium, and an EU-wide campaign for the European Parliament elections 2019
“Only the people can change and enrich things in the institutions and transmit them to future generations”
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT AND POLITICAL RIGHTS
There is a total of 15.3 million citizens residing in another EU country. In the context of multiple political and economic challenges at EU level, the pressure to limit the rights of EU mobile citizens has increased.
Rights to political participation lie at the heart of democratic citizenship. However, due to legal and administrative hurdles and lack of clear information and instructions, political participation of EU mobile citizens is still very limited.
In 2014 ECAS produced a study to examine the role of EU migrants in four countries (Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK) as participants in the labour market, taxpayers and benefit recipients. In all four countries EU migrants made a positive contribution to the government budget, as the total taxes they paid exceeded the total benefits they received. With Brexit free movement rights to mobile citizens have been framed as highly problematic, damaging to business and to the “social fabric” of the country.
Over the past three years the number of enquiries about entry procedures received by Your Europe Advice has increased notoriously.
ECAS will coordinate the project in consortium with the following partners: European University Institute (EUI), Malmö University (MU), the Migration Policy Group (MPG), and the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA).