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According to a recent study conducted by the University of Manchester, a team of criminologists claim that the ambitions of young migrant men are being hindered.
The team – based at the University’s Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice – are seeking a change in policy. They discovered that twenty-something migrant males are struggling and are commonly unable to integrate into the British society and communities due to discrimination.
Outlined in a European Commission Report, the study found that migrants aspired to fit in and participant in activities of any normal male their age. For example, they wanted to work, have a social life, get involved in sport and even start a family. This hope however was revealed to be more of a dream than a reality as many claim they experience exclusions when they start living in Britain. It is believed that hostility is apparent in the workplace, sports grounds and social events, with some saying that they find themselves unfairly targeted by members of the pubic and even the authorities.
The leader of the study, Jon Spencer, said “The majority of the young men we spoke to said that they felt fear of victimization or racism because they feel like second-class citizens. When we interviewed them they told us that a lot of their social interactions were awkward and made them feel insecure or had the potential to cause conflict or in some cases violence.”
Jon went on to say that poor portrayal of migrants through the negative media stance and also, certain MP opinion, only makes the issue worse. “The young men we interviewed had a right of residence and aren’t illegal immigrants, yet society in general isn’t making them feel welcome. They feel like they are constantly having to justify their status and are made to feel like they don’t belong here.”
“Feeling accepted and part of this society is crucial to a young men’s sense of well-being and can determine the quality of their present life and future outlook”.
“These men feel as if they are on the wrong side of the law, even if they hadn’t done anything wrong. The perception seems to be that these young men are automatically seen at risk of engaging in criminal activity.”
Jon’s summary of the study called for change. He deems that the UK Government need to address the issue instead of focussing the majority of their attention on disintegrated unaccompanied minors. With more social support and a family reunion policy re-think for these young adult men, he believes a positive transformation can be made if the matter is fairly recognised, reviewed and the tools to make change are developed.