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National Council for Foreigners

In a country with residents from more than 200 nationalities, the National Council for Foreigners (CNE) is an advisory body to the Luxembourgish Government for all issues related to foreigners and their integration.

The missions of the CNE

According to the Law of 16 December 2008, the National Council for Foreigners is tasked with "studying, either on its own initiative or at the request of the Government, the problems concerning foreigners and their integration".

There are, accordingly, two possibilities:

  • either the Government submits a project (e.g. draft legislative act) to the CNE and asks for its opinion;
  • or the CNE decides by itself to submit to the Government a proposal that it considers useful for improving the conditions of foreigners and their families.

The CNE must submit annually to the Government a report on the integration of foreigners in Luxembourg.

The members of the CNE

The National Council for Foreigners is comprised of 34 full members:

  • 22 representatives of foreigners. These representatives are voted by the foreigners’ Associations registered with OLAI, among candidates who can either be proposed by the Associations or have submitted an individual application. The number of representatives per nationality is proportional to the size of the different nationalities in the population of Luxembourg.
  • 12 designated members, representing employers' organizations (4), trade unions (4), SYVICOL (1), civil society (2) and refugees (1).

The composition of the CNE was renewed in January 2018: List of members appointed for the period of the next 5 years (2018-2022)

At the constituent meeting of the CNE on 23 January 2018, the members elected with a majority of two-thirds: Mr. Franco Avena as chairman and Mrs. Claire Geier-Courquin as Vice President.

The operation of the CNE

The Council meets at least 3 times a year in plenary session. Upon decision of the CNE, various Committees and Working-Groups were set up with the aim to prepare the decisions to be taken during the plenary sessions. These Committees and working groups may include non-members (experts).

 Permanent Committees:

  • Liaison Committee with the Municipal Integration Committees (Commissions Communales d’Intégration - CCI)
  • Committee for the refugees and the applicants for international protection
  • Committee for migrants and cross-border workers
  • Committee for youth, education and continuing training
  • Committee for civic participation and Associations
  • Committee for seniors

 Temporary or permanent Working-Groups have been created to study the following topics:

  • Opinion on the 2018 Multiannual National Action Plan on Integration (PAN)
  • Restitution of the CNE internal rules
  • Communication policy of the CNE
  • Luxembourgish language and multilingualism in the Grand Duchy
  • The matter of dual nationals in Luxembourg
  • The geographical origin of CNE members and their residence