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Title: High school students’ attitudes towards migrant youth
Author: Vilà Baños, Ruth
Aneas Álvarez, María Asunción
Freixa Niella, Montserrat
Schmidlin Roccatagliata, Melissa
Keywords: Infants immigrants
Ensenyament secundaria
Immigrant children
Secondary education
Issue Date: Jun-2022
Abstract: The appearance of unaccompanied migrant minors in our communities and the impact they have had on Spanish society, and vice-versa, is a phenomenon of outstanding educational importance, as it has brought into public awareness issues such as child vulnerability and focused our attention on the legal, social and educational policies and resources that are meant to materialise an inclusive, democratic and just society. Around these young people, mainly from the Maghreb and therefore identified with Islam, society has created an image that serves to bolster many Islamophobic, xenophobic and racist discourses emanating from the media and the ideologies of Spanish far-right political parties. This is achieved by generalising the criminal conduct of some migrant youths, by depersonalising them as human beings and by linking news about them to vicarious emotions such as mistrust and the feeling of menace. Recognising the importance of this phenomenon, the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation has funded our project, titled “Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue for Promoting a Culture of Peace among Unaccompanied Minors in Barcelona and Melilla” (RTI2018-095259-B-I00, MCIU/AEI/FEDER, UE), and carried out jointly by the University of Barcelona Education Faculty and the University of Granada at Melilla. In this article we present the results of a study aiming to identify and analyse the main stereotypes, attitudes and prejudices that Barcelona secondary-school students have towards unaccompanied migrant minors (MENA in their Spanish initials). To this end a questionnaire based on the Overcoming Prejudice Scale (Escala de Superación de Prejuicios, Etxeberria, Murua, Arrieta, Garmendia and Etxeberria, 2012) was administered. Our findings showed that high-school students hold certain prejudices and stereotypes that should be tackled in order to promote the integration and inclusion of unaccompanied migrant minors and to ensure a culture of peace among young people.
It is part of: Comunicació a la Conferencia: Child Migration and Integration: Trends & Challenges. (Scientific Conference). 2-4 june 2022 - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Appears in Collections:Comunicacions a congressos (Grup de Recerca en Educació Intercultural (GREDI))

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