…los articulos sobre los imigrantes y su poca integracion en la sociedad quebecois. Integracion es una calle de dos vias, que es lo que sucede aca? Este es aun mas problematico, Lean pues:
Newcomers to Quebec remain on society’s fringes, study shows
Lack of participation by visible minorities and immigrants linked to ghettoization, disinterest
Sunday, March 21, 2004
Alex claims he doesn’t vote because politicians never keep their promises.
For Tamara, Quebec is a society where it’s every man for himself. “It’s very individualistic,” she said. “It’s not part of the mindset to say, ‘I’ll work for the next generation, for the community.’ ”
Lily speaks of the identity crisis of a young immigrant torn between two cultures, “between parents who want to hang on to the culture of their homeland and the young person in a new country who wants to integrate.”
A study, made public yesterday for Action Week Against Racism, found that while immigrants and visible minorities make up almost 20 per cent of the province’s young people, they often remain on the fringes of political, student and community organizations.
Why that is, however, is open to speculation, with participants citing everything from ghettoization and gender bias to disinterest and too much else to do.
The Remixer la Cité report was prepared by Quebec’s intercultural council and the permanent council on youth. It found new Quebecers and visible minorities between age 15 and 29 make up roughly 18 per cent of Quebec’s population – yet hold down fewer than seven per cent of the posts on provincial youth groups and political organizations.
Perhaps more troubling, the report showed younger new Quebecers and visible minorities have substantially higher unemployment rates than youth from the “demographic majority,” drawn from French, British and European stock.
Researchers used data from the 2001 Statistics Canada census and focus-group interviews with 42 young Quebecers from different ethnic and religious backgrounds to explore low participation by newcomers in the province’s institutions and political life.
The study found 250,000 immigrants, first-generation Quebecers and visible minorities make up roughly 18 per cent of Quebec’s population between age 15 and 29. Nine out of 10 of those young Quebecers live in the Montreal area.
”It is not easy for young people to get involved, but it is even more difficult for the young people from immigrant families,” said youth council vice-president Geneviève Baril.
”Yet our society is more multicultural than ever and the trend will be even more pronounced in the coming years,” Baril said.
New Quebecers cite racism, cultural distance and a lack of role models, she said. “They must also face the denial of the problem by the majority, which is a major problem in our opinion because it is treated as a taboo in Quebec society.”
However, many of the Quebecers who took part in focus groups last fall mentioned practical reasons for shunning political involvement at this stage in their lives.
“When you arrive and you’re the only Haitian on the council, it’s open, but you feel the pressure,” Zita said. “People have the impression that you represent the whole community.”