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.
To do so, we have interviewed more than 13,000 people across 13 countries* around the Mediterranean Sea to learn about their expectations, concerns, interests and values. The result is the Intercultural Trends Report we present here.
This is an invitation to learn and to dialogue. This is an invitation to understand.
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.
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 .
54% of the European participants and 53% of the SEM answers believe women should have a greater role in economic and business areas.
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.
44% of EU and 59% of SEM participants believe that migration issues strongly characterise the Mediterranean region.
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.
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.
The Intercultural Trends Report is developed in partnership with Gallup, and Ipsos-MORI.
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