The immigrant politicians standing in EU parliaments

by Ivano Abbadessa - 2016.02.17

The number of politicians of foreign origin in each European country's parliament depends largely on the immigration history each nation. In Spain, immigrants make up 11 per cent of the population yet only one per cent of Spanish MPs have an immigrant background. In Greece the proportions are eight and one per cent, while in Italy the figures are six and two per cent. At the other end of the scale are the nations with longer histories of immigration and a higher level of inclusion. In Holland's 2010 elections, 13 per cent of those elected were naturalised or had foreign parents. In the UK in the same year, 11 per cent of the seats in the House of Commons went to citizens of immigrant origin. In France, Belgium and Germany, between three and seven per cent of politicians are of foreign origin. These figures are part of a project by several European universities studying the degree to which immigrants are integrated through their representation in national parliaments.

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