Hien and Tito are european citizens, but un-equal as citizens. They contribute to the well-being of their communities, but they are excluded from the right to vote as well as from the right to run as candidate. They are excluded from the basic principle of our democracies. Why? Because Hien and Tito do not have the citizenship of an EU-state.
If the decisions of the European Council and the European Parliament were to be put into legislation, there would be EU-wide communal voting rights for all migrants regardless of nationality. 15 of 28 EU Member States and three other European countries - Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Switzerland - practice legally regulated voter participation of non-EU nationals on the local level.
But more than 15 million citizens in the European Union are excluded from the basic democratic participation: the right to vote.