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

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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.

Diversity in the United Kingdom

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I was born in the UK but originally from Ghana, West Africa where my parents are from.

All my life I have lived in London. In my opinion, it is a really interested city to live because there are so many people from different backgrounds living there, for example, Eastern Europeans, Africans, Asians and Chinese.

Personally, I have not had anyone attacking me because of my race but there has been a lot of hate towards Asians living in London because of where they come from and their religion. In the media recently, they have been targeted for acid attacks in which I find horrifying. These people do not deserve to be hurt this way.

Overall, I think the UK was a country of immigration because for so many years people have been coming in search of better lives, but since the UK is planning to leave the EU now, I think the topic of immigration is a complicated mess.


over 1 year ago

This is an entry about diversity in the UK; talking about ethnic groups in London and how immigration is a big topic right now because of the country leaving the EU (Brexit).

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