In recent years, diaspora communities have started to play
a more active role in the political life of both their countries
of origin and their countries of residence. The rapid increase in
working migrants, the desire of retired migrants to return and live
in their countries of origin, and the wish of many migrants to be
able to play a more active role in the political life of their host
countries as well as in their countries of origin, represent new challenges
in many policy sectors.
This report provides an analysis of existing national policies
and international initiatives supportive of diasporas’ involvement
in political life and makes recommendations to improve the democratic
participation of diasporas in Europe.
It calls on the governments of European countries to play
a key role in engaging diasporas in decision-making processes, and
to develop collaboration between governmental institutions in drafting
diaspora-oriented programmes to ensure economic, social and cultural