The National Council for Foreigners (Conseil National pour Étrangers) is an institutional consultative body, created in 1993. Under the supervision of the Ministry for Family Affairs and Integration of Luxembourg, its mission is to study the integration of foreigners in Luxembourg, on its own initiative or at the request of the government.
Mission of the CNE
In a country where nearly 50% of residents are foreigners, more than two-thirds of them in the capital, the existence of the CNE is strategic.
The CNE’s mission is to help remedy any problems of reception and integration of foreigners in the Grand Duchy. To this end, it submits an annual report to the Luxembourg government on the state of integration of foreigners in order to provide suggestions for improvement.
The CNE is part of OLAI – Office Luxembourgeois pour l’Accueil et l’Intégration. Six commissions are responsible for fulfilling the CNE’s mission from different perspectives:
- liaison with the municipal consultative integration commissions – CCIC
- migrants and border residents
- refugees and applicants for international protection
- civic participation and associations
- senior citizens
- youth, education and continuing education.
Establishment of the CNE
The CNE has a 5-year mandate. It is made up of:
- 22 members from civil society*, elected by Luxembourg associations working for the integration of foreigners in Luxembourg to represent foreigners present in Grand-Duchy,
- one refugee representative and two civil society representatives proposed by the government,
- a representative of SYVICOL, Syndicat des villes et communes luxembourgeoises
- four representatives of employers’ organisations,
- four union representatives.
The members of the CNE elect the President and Vice-President of the National Council for Foreigners by a majority of votes.
*Any person over 18 years of age residing in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg may stand for election to the CNE. This is subject to the condition that he/she is of a nationality other than Luxembourgish exclusively, and has full legal capacity and voting rights. A member who subsequently obtains Luxembourg nationality will lose his mandate at the CNE
The last elections were held in July 2017.
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