Strict citizenship laws are weakening democratic participation, especially in cities that are hubs of international migration – such as Vienna.
Vienna has a democratic deficit. Already, 25% of the voting-age population is excluded from participating in citywide and national elections.
A collection of Metropop contributions dealing with the topic of Vienna’s shrinking electorate.
Increasing secularisation and international migration diversified the religious landscape.
There are simpler things than distinguishing urban and rural populations, but Austria’s new government programme got it completely wrong.
Although the population of Vienna is steadily increasing since 25 years, the city’s electorate is stagnating at the level of the early 1980s.
It can be a tough job to present a demographic story, especially when trying to attract the attention of an audience beyond academia.
German politicians – from Angela Merkel downwards – encourage young and skilled people from crisis-hit countries with high unemployment like Spain and Greece to move to Germany in order to mitigate its skilled labour shortage.