SOME OF THE CHALLENGES FACING SOCIETY AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGYJournal: Problems of Psychology in the 21st Century (Vol.10, No. 1)
Publication Date: 2016-06-30
Authors : Yolanda Zografova;
Page : 4-5
Keywords : displaced people; intergroup competition;
In the past year the international political and social situation changed significantly in Europe and its surrounding regions. The consequences are yet to unfold on a national and local level in terms of individual and societal notions and orientations within the complex events we are facing today. There is an increased number of displaced people due to dramatic events in their home countries, moving to Europe to seek refuge or better economic conditions. This has stimulated the emergence of attitudes, fears, representations within social groups and communities under various forms and often propagated and constructed by mass media, social networks and so on. Societies have gradually orientated towards accepting the diversity of ethnic groups, cultures and religions in the European countries. An increased number of citizens, however, including academics, cultural or other public figures oppose the coming of refugees and migrants and stand against politics of acceptance and recognition of incomers, both on a national and European level.
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