We’re excited to announce the launch of this year’s edition of the ESNsurvey under the topic of Active Citizenship. Through our research, we aim to determine social, civil and democratic attitudes of Erasmus+ and other exchange programme students and understand the impact of the abroad experience in the engagement of international students with society.
In the 2014 European Elections, only 28% of people aged 18-24 voted. Despite the overall disappointing turnout of young voters, the Erasmus Voting Assesment has proven that mobile youth was 3 times more likely to vote. To further understand the situation and find out which conditions and interventions at universities contribute to active citizenship of young Europeans, we would like to assess their approach and views towards voting behaviour, with the focus on the upcoming European elections.
The questionnaire is divided into six parts and deals with the subjects of, among others, civic participation, information provision, European citizenship, and volunteering.
We are going to examine:
- how studying abroad affects students view on political aspects;
- what influence does it have on their political engagement and voting behaviour;
- voting approach before the European elections and real participation;
- the impact that the Erasmus programme has on 'European identity'.
Comparative analysis will be done among ESNsurvey 2019, the Erasmus Voting Assessment and Eurobarometer. For the results of previous surveys, visit ESN.org/ESNsurvey