Rethinking 'Us' & 'Them': Integration and Diversity in Europe

Chapters 1 › Unit 1: Do you feel like part of the 'Us' or the 'Them'? View instructions Hide instructions

Do you feel like part of the 'Us' or the 'Them'?

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Tell us: Where do you fall on the ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ spectrum?

In this chapter, you've seen many examples of how diversity is understood and contested in Germany and Canada. We imagine you may want to comment on what you've heard and maybe even share your personal experiences. The 'Us' & 'Them' course community would love to hear from you:

Here are some guiding questions to draw from:

  • How is diversity perceived in your country?
  • How are the communities you identify with (race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender...) represented in media and public life?
  • What examples can you mention or find that indicate your inclusion or exclusion from mainstream society?
  • What experiences have you had where others perceived you in a certain way based on how you look or where you come from? Were these correct or incorrect?
  • Does your country recognize itself as a country of immigration and in which ways? Do you see your country as a country of immigration?

Now what?
Click 'Start in Journal', and fill out the entry. How you do this is up to you: You can use just words, or add pictures or links to articles or videos to highlight your point!

Is this journal assignment required?
No! Nothing in our course is 'required', and there are no grades, but we encourage you to reflect on these topics and share if you feel comfortable, so that others in the course can benefit from your experiences.

Do we continue with the same menthal structures?

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i live in a country where there are several cultures. Spain is the cross point between South and Central America, North Africa, and Europe. It is a point of geography and history.
In my city it is happenning a phenomenon very courious. In the middle ages, Murcia (the city where I live) was divided in different areas. It was depending on yur religion, you have to live in one or in an other par of the city. For example, Murcia's origin is islamic and there was a wall which limitated the islamic part (nowadays, is the city centre). Outside, there were two zones: Jewish neighborhood and Christian neighborhood. In that period, they were marginal parts. However, they have lived in peace for 60 years approximately.
At the present, Murcia has not any wall. However, in that areas where in the Middle Ages you could find Jewish, now you see people from Eastern Europe, and in the Christian areas, now you will find South American shops and people from that part of the world who live there.

From my point of view, we have not chaged in some aspects. We create some exclusion areas because we are afraid to unknown. However, once you have some information and you see that they are like you, we include them in our day-a-day.
I know that this part is very cruel, but my city is not very open-minded. However, there are many programmes who help the inclusion of the minorities and refugees in the social live.

Nevertheless, European citizen have a common nature in this context. Everybody is migrant or has had someone who had to move to other city or country. This thing is part of us, and it is part of our identity.


Hi Arsenio, thanks for sharing the perspective of your hometown in Spain. I'm curious to learn more about Murcia and why you think that the city is not open-minded despite being home to so many different peoples or religions. And what could the city and the programmes you speak of working on inclusion do to make people more open-minded?

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