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Jump in foreigners allowed to vote in Luxembourg in 2023
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Jump in foreigners allowed to vote in Luxembourg in 2023

by Andréa OLDEREIDE 2 min. 10.11.2022
Nearly 70,000 foreign residents will newly be entitled to take part in Luxembourg's 2023 communal elections
Voting rights for expats are a theme in a Luxembourg Times advertising campaign
Voting rights for expats are a theme in a Luxembourg Times advertising campaign
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(The headline, teaser, first and second paragraph of this story were corrected to say that the number 68,173 refers to foreigners who will acquire the right to vote under the new rules, not the total number of foreign voters). 

The number of foreign residents in Luxembourg allowed to vote in the 2023 communal elections will jump, after the country abolished a law barred people who had lived in the country for less than five years to participate.

A total of 68,173 foreign residents will newly be able to vote, after Luxembourg changed its electoral law in July. Of the total, 32,105 are women, Family Minister Corinne Cahen said in answer to a parliamentary question on Thursday.

Non-Luxembourgers account for around half of Luxembourg’s population and around 70% of residents in the capital, with the latest figures showing that Luxembourg's strong population growth and employment growth is driven by foreigners, including by non-EU migration.

At the last local elections in 2017, there were 34,638 foreigner voters, less than a quarter of resident foreigners, who signed up to vote, a study by the Centre for Intercultural and Social Studies showed. A third of foreign residents, some 75,226 people, were not authorised to register on the municipal electoral lists because they did not meet the criteria at the time.

The Grand Duchy’s amended electoral law now allows foreigners to both vote and stand in local elections, regardless of whether they are EU citizens or not. The next communal elections are scheduled for 11 June. Foreign residents cannot participate in national elections, which will take place later in 2023.


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