Problem

Discrimination against foreigners


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Other Names:
Intolerance of foreign people
Active prejudice towards aliens
Nature:

Often when a country's economic troubles persist, despite governmental change and growing independence, national and anti-foreign expressions may rise among the general public. Government officials may even depend on anti-foreign euphemism in their public statements in order to shift the blame on "economic migrants" to explain national failings.

Incidence:

In 1993, as western European governments and economies displayed signs of fatigue, expressions of intolerance of foreigners living in countries such as Germany and France were on the rise. A 1991 poll taken in Germany found one third of those questioned had "understanding for extreme rightist tendencies as a result of the immigrant problem". In eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, after the defeat of communism and the realization of a painful economic recovery, some have looked for blame in the presence of ethnic minorities. A 1993 report on the civil war between Algeria's Muslim fundamentalists and its military-dominated government in which more than 2,000 people had been murdered in less than 2 years, found that recent hostilities had turned to foreigners, as 2 Frenchmen and 2 Russians were kidnapped and assassinated within one month's time.

Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
24.06.2019 – 17:02 CEST