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Debunking myths, recovering common stories. PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 12:27

Cécile Barbeito, Researcher of the School for a Culture of Peace, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Forced displacement is not a new phenomenon. But, now more than ever, several factors invite us to reflect on how to manage the resettlement of displaced persons, at a practical level and with regard to social perception. Some of these factors are the magnitude of this human tragedy – with the highest number of refugees and displaced persons in history, more than 65 million worldwide (1); media coverage of the arrival – which leads to falsely believe that Europe resettles a large proportion of refugees – and, more importantly, the drift towards xenophobia observed in some European countries. How can the radicalization of European xenophobic sectors be prevented? How can empathy towards refugees be developed?

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