Electoral Rights for Third Country Nationals in Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Mikael Spång Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare Department of Global Political Studies Malmö University, Sweden. Legal Regulations.
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Electoral Rights for Third Country Nationals in Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden
Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare
Department of Global Political Studies
Malmö University, Sweden
“[A] person shall be entitled to be registered as a local government elector in a local electoral area if he/she has reached the age of eighteen years and he was, on the qualifying date, ordinarily resident in that area”
“Members of municipal councils shall be elected by persons who are residents of the municipality on nomination day and who have attained the age of eighteen years on polling day”
Any person registered as a resident of the municipality and 18 years old not later than the election day is entitled to vote in the election of municipal assembly members and their alternates and
1. is a citizen of Sweden or another Member State of the European Union (a Union citizen),
2. a citizen of Iceland or Norway, or
3. in the case of other aliens, has been a registered resident of Sweden for three consecutive years before the election day
- Ireland: ca 76 000
- The Netherlands: ca 347 000
- Norway: ca 137 000
- Sweden ca 292 000
- Ranging from 10 % voter turnout in the case of Luxembourg to 57 % in the case of Denmark. Sweden: close to 35 % of the TCN’s voted in the 2006 elections but only 28 % in the 2010 elections.
- the coercion principle – being subject to laws
- the affected interests principles – being affected by political decisions (Dahl 1998 and others)
- votingrightsfacilitate integration in societymoregenerally
- politicalrights as meanstoachieve integration vs politicalrights (citizenship) as an end-pointof integration
- import ofconflicts and involvementofforeigngovernments in domesticpolitics
- formation ofethnicparties
- domino effect