London 2016 elections: Latin Americans, Let’s Vote!
The Latin American community is one of London’s fastest growing BAME groups. In 2008, our community was made of over 1113,500 people. Since then, we have seen a rapid increase during the last few years of people coming from Spain, Portugal and Italy, escaping the economic crisis. Most UK Latin Americans are residing in London (61%), and most have the right to vote in the next elections (at least 45% have either UK or EU nationality), according to the No Longer Invisible report from 2011.
The cultural and economic contribution of Latin Americans to London is reflected in the wide offer of Latin American restaurants, festivals, cultural events, media and commercial initiatives. However, and in spite of being a highly qualified group with high rates of employment (85%), many live in poverty and suffer from exclusion and exploitation.
In September 2015, we launched the ‘Latin Americans, Let’s Vote!‘ campaign with an event for the Latin American community at London City Hall, which we co-organised with the Mayoral Office.
Latin Americans, Let’s Vote! is a voter registration campaign that aims to generate greater engagement of Latin Americans in the London 2016 elections. The campaign will also partner with other communities to organise hustings debates for migrants and BAME groups, and will engage with candidates to bring the issues affecting the community to their attention.
Our posters in Spanish and Portuguese will be displayed in our 14 member organisations throughout London until the day of the elections. We are also disseminating information through various community press outlets and social media. We will also run workshops and talks, and we will of course register more Latin Americans to vote than ever before!
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We’ve also run voter registration campaigns for the 2014 and 2015 elections, take a look!