Immigration as a challenge or revitalizer of European democracy?

Parallel Session B.3 – 12:15 – 13:30, Thursday 2 May, Sala degli Stemmi, Villa Salviati, EUI

Abstract: Immigration to Europe has, among other things, raised debates about its relationship with democracy. Does multiculturalism challenge European democracy? Or can it be revitalized by bringing new participants and debates to European democratic forums? What is the democratic legitimacy of immigration policies and who should have the right to decide upon them? The purpose of this session is to debate these and other questions of European democracy and decision-making in an era of immigration from within and outside Europe.

Moderator: Elias Dinas, Swiss Chair in Federalism, Democracy and International Governance, EUI


Cameron Abadi, Deputy Editor, Foreign Policy

Ruud Koopmans, Professor of Sociology and Migration Research, Berlin Social Science Centre (WZB)

Cécile Kashetu Kyenge, Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs