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With the freedom of movement that citizens enjoy within the European Union there are thousands of people living, working or studying in other European countries. Having many activists living as expatriates in member states other than their own, how can the PES maximize the expatriate vote in the upcoming European elections? The Portuguese PS and Romanian PSD are working to integrate their members abroad into local party sections in their countries of residence, already parties such as the French PS actively welcome sister party members into their organization and campaign at street level. In some cases it is about being in touch with, and being welcomed by, the local party in your country of residence. In other cases members from different parties living in the same city might set up a PES activist group. In the coming months the PES will work to put our member parties in touch with other party members in their country. At a recent meeting set up to discuss this work, party representatives’ enthusiasm was clear …

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