Empowerment of mobile youth in the EU

Austria | Estonia
E-democracy

The project “Empowerment of mobile youth in the EU” (EMY) aims to identify the reasons why mobile EU citizens are not exercising their voting rights and to find ways to encourage more active democratic engagement and participation. EMY is striving to support and enhance the inclusion and democratic participation of young mobile EU citizens in the political life of their host EU countries.

The project will specifically target mobile EU students in Austria and Estonia, i.e. Erasmus and other bachelor, master and PhD students, interns and post docs who are citizens from other EU countries. Secondary level students aged 16-18 will also be included, since they are entitled to vote in Austria in all elections and in Estonia in local elections. It specifically focuses on a group underrepresented in formal politics and social life: young people aged 16 – 29 who are EU citizens studying and working in another EU Member State and having their residence there.

Project activities are funded by the European Commission and € 10,000 through the External Projects Funds of the Civil Society Foundation of Estonia.

Who is benefiting from our project?

  • Mobile youth aged 16-29, primarily students, residing in another EU member state, notably Austria and Estonia in a pilot phase.
  • Community leaders in Austria and Estonia, in particular, linked to universities and schools.
  • European, national and local policy makers and administrations dealing with elections, citizen engagement and education.
What we want to achieve?
  • Increased awareness among mobile youth in the EU about opportunities for democratic engagement. Build a self-sustaining community to spread the topic of participation among European Mobile Youth. As a result of the project, the general awareness among young people from other EU Member States living in Estonia of their opportunities to participate in the political and social life of the host country increases their willingness and willingness to contribute to Estonian society. Getting closer to the youth who came to Estonia from other EU Member States will help Estonian civil society to understand the meaning of EU citizenship and to find common ground for joint ventures both in Estonia and at EU level.
  • Better understanding of their preferences and attitudes, including improved knowledge and understanding of the role of digital technologies.
  • Recommendations for policymakers, authorities and social and political communities to better meet expectations, needs and preferences of European mobile youth for engagement at the EU and local level.

 

 

Activities

  1. Awareness raising about EU Citizenship and the right to take part in European and local elections in the host country, and other options for engagement at EU and local level;
  2. Mapping and assessment of electoral and (pre- and post-election) political engagement of mobile students – preferences, readiness, awareness — at EU and local level in Austria and Estonia (based on the EU elections in May 2019 including recent elections for student representative bodies as appropriate); special attention will be paid to the use of social media, e-tools and platforms (e.g. for e-voting) in Austria and Estonia;
  3. Organizing and facilitating focus-group and online discussions as part of interaction and crowdsourcing activities to seek mobile students’ feedback to reveal engagement opportunities and suggest policy changes. Such discussions will be based on the results of the mapping surveys undertaken before;
  4. Identifying use requirements (via crowdsourcing) and technical specifications for a scalable pan-European tool (application service) to serve the information and interaction needs of mobile EU students willing to be more active socially and politically in their host countries. The tool is planned to be designed as a prototype for use initially in Austria and Estonia (after the project end) and then scaled up to cover the entire EU as a self-organisation and sustainability support instrument for networking among mobile students interested in engagement in local social and political life;
  5. Development of policy recommendations aimed at national and European governing bodies responsible for and dealing with youth mobility for broader and sustainable transnational engagement of young people across the EU; this will include a proposal on how to scale the project to all EU Member States and guidelines for the best use of transnational online tools based on the results of the activities described in points above.
  6. Formulation and agreeing on a sustainability strategy for a networked movement (community) of mobile EU students active socially and politically in their host countries built around of a planned e-tool designed to support and encourage such engagement.

 

eGA is the leading partner of the Work Package 4 entitled “Use Cases Austria and Estonia: mapping & engagement”, which focuses on the raising awareness and engagement activities with mobile EU youth in both countries. eGA actively participates in the implementation of all other Work Packages of the project.

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More information www.europeanmobileyouth.eu

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