To investigate social processes concerning the youth implies asking questions concerning ‘tomorrow,’ the processes of change connected to the succession of generations, and the future of the societies drawn to the themes of continuity and change.

We have administered questionnaires to provide a qualitative picture of the state of the art of political participation of young people with migration backgrounds.

The insights we have gained shed light on the diverse and rich tapestry of experiences.

Demographic Insights:

We reached 229 individuals from 62 countries. This diversity enriches our understanding and emphasizes migration’s global nature.

The age distribution reveals that a significant portion, 42%, falls within the 35 to 40 age range. Notably, our project’s target group, the 19-26 age range, represents 22% of the individuals we reached, underscoring the importance of their voices in shaping our understanding.

The majority of reached individuals are women.

Turkey tops the list of countries of origin, followed by Syria, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Iran, and Mali. Our participants reside in 13 different countries, with many living in their current residence for 5 to 10 years.

Sixty-five respondents have acquired citizenship in EU Member States, highlighting the complexities and challenges associated with migration.

Concerning education and qualification:

Education

Occupation

The findings from recent questionnaires paint a vivid picture that calls for our attention, empathy, and collective action.

Assessment of Political Participation:

  1. Widespread Perception of Low Participation: The majority of respondents expressed a poignant assessment, categorizing the degree of political participation in their residence countries as “low.” A staggering 173 individuals conveyed that they are not involved in any political activity or initiative.
  2. Limited Positive Evaluations: Interestingly, only a few individuals rated the level of political participation as “high” in countries such as Belgium, the UK, Germany, and Greece. However, even in these cases, participants shared significant obstacles hindering integration and political engagement.

Identified Obstacles:

  1. Pervasive Racism:
  1. Intersectionality of Challenges:
  1. Economic Inequalities and Social Exclusion:
  1. Legal Impediments:
  1. Weak Integration Policies:
  1. Lack of Information and Transparency:
  1. Ineffective Representation:
  1. Past Negative Experiences:
  1. General Lack of Interest and Disinformation:

Moving Forward:

As we absorb these insights, it becomes evident that our responsibility extends beyond acknowledgment. We must work collaboratively to address the multifaceted challenges identified. It is a call for inclusivity, empathy, and tangible policy changes to ensure that individuals with a migration background have equal opportunities for political engagement and integration.

Let us commit ourselves to fostering societies where diversity is not merely recognized but celebrated, and where the voices of every individual, regardless of their background, are heard and respected.

 

Ilaria Boiano, Roma Tre University

Ghazal Zalkat, Halmstad University

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