Discrimination against immigrants and aliens

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Active prejudice towards migrant workers and their families
Denial of rights to foreign residents
Prejudicial treatment of non-nationals
Discrimination against non-citizens

Domestic laws may discriminate against individuals who are not citizens of the country in which they live, especially regarding the rights to freely leave and re-enter the country, to be joined by family members, and to benefit from government social welfare schemes.


Discrimination against immigrants and aliens may occur in housing, education, employment, public services, politics and before the law. It may also take the form of restricted entry or expulsion of immigrants and aliens, or exclusion from citizenship. Discrimination fosters segregation, lack of integration of foreigners and immigrants into society, and social and racial conflict when immigrants cannot find employment but are eligible for social security benefit; they are resented by the indigenous population which is unwilling to pay, through taxes, for the maintenance of foreigners or naturalized citizens.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST