'Once I spoke Luxembourgish, the country opened up to me'

Sunita Trivedi
Photo: Alena Photography

VANESSA CHALLINOR

In a series of interviews, the Luxembourg Times speaks with several foreigners who will be voting in this year's national election.

According to the Migrant Integration Policy Index, the Grand Duchy has the largest share of disenfranchised adults of "any of the developed democracies" due to its high proportion of foreign residents who are barred from voting.

Currently, Luxembourg's population is estimated at 602,005, with 288,963 residents being of foreign nationality – this represents 48% of the population.

In 2015, prime minister Xavier Bettel held a referendum on whether to give foreigners the right to vote in national elections, but the Luxembourgish population rejected this with a whopping 78% 'no' vote. The current government has relaxed the law, making it easier to acquire Luxembourgish nationality.

In the run-up to the national elections on 14 October, Vanessa Challinor of the Luxembourg Times spoke with several foreigners who will be voting in this year's elections. Below is the second in a series of interviews we will run over the coming week.

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