Our era seems to be divided and polarized: the news are filled with extremism, conflict, bigotry and misinformation.

It is a challenging scenario. Sooner rather than later, we must tackle this situation the best way we can, through sharing and understanding.

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How much would you mind having a person from a different cultural background as a neighbour?
  • I wouldn’t mind at all
  • I wouldn’t mind too much
  • I would be a little bit concerned
  • I would be very concerned

78% of the European participants and 74% of the South East Mediterranean ones wouldn’t mind having a neighbour of a different cultural background at all.

*The countries studied included eight in the EU (Austria, Croatia, Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands)
*The countries studied included eight in the SEM (Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Palestine and Tunisia)
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Which is the source for information about countries bordering the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean that you trust the most?
  • Radio
  • Social Media
  • Print media
  • Films and documentaries
  • Online media
  • TV
  • Books
  • Others

Both in European and SEM countries, the most trusted source of information is TV. However, while print media is the second (40%) one in Europe, only 15% of the participants of the survey think that way in the SEM countries .

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Should women be playing a greater role in economic and business areas?
  • Yes. Women should have a greater role.
  • No. Women should keep the same role.
  • No. Women should have a lesser role.

54% of the European participants and 53% of the SEM answers believe women should have a greater role in economic and business areas.

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Does having cross-cultural encounters impact on your perception about the SEM and European countries?
  • In a positive way, mainly.
  • In both positive and negative ways.
  • In a negative way, mainly.
  • It doesn't change my perception.

Actually, 84% of the EU and 81% of the SEM participants responded that it impacts in a positive way or that their views remained unchanged.

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From the following ideas, which one do you believe that characterises strongly the Mediterranean region?
  • Migration issues
  • Mediterranean way of life
  • Source of conflict
  • Hospitality
  • Resistance to change
  • Instability and security
  • Common cultural heritage and history

44% of EU and 59% of SEM participants believe that migration issues strongly characterise the Mediterranean region.

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Dialogue is revolutionary; it opens doors, expands views and makes people come together. The challenge of understanding depends on our ability to reason, share and communicate starting from different perspectives and ending up on the same path.

By learning about new realities, we get to build another story; a common one that is real, hopeful and inspiring for a better world.

Listen. Understand. – -> Read our report.

About the Trends Report

The Anna Lindh Foundation exists to build more inclusive, empathetic and resilient societies, to fight growing mistrust and polarisation. One of its pillars of impact is the introduction of impactful research on international policymaking, and providing a unique understanding of conflict dynamics through opinion leadership.

From its research and evaluation in the field, the Foundation takes local insight to international policymakers, providing unique understanding on conflict dynamics and policy responses to countering extremism or the social impact of a refugee crisis. It is represented on various inter-agency bodies such as the steering group for the Global Study on Youth, Peace and Security mandated by the UN Security Council.

Research Partners:

The Intercultural Trends Report is developed in partnership with Gallup, and Ipsos-MORI.

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