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Intercultural Trends in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

By Anna Lindh Foundation, European Commission, 2017

The survey Intercultural Trends in the Euro-Mediterranean Region by the Anna Lindh Foundation investigated what people see as critical aspects of life in the Euro-Mediterranean region and the key similarities and differences they find between themselves and those from other countries, cultures and backgrounds. It also examines trust of different types of media sources across different countries and age profiles. More than 13,000 people across 13 countries were interviewed by Ipsos-Mori during the second half of 2016 for this study about their expectations, concerns and values. The countries studied included eight in the EU (Austria, Croatia, Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal and The Netherlands) and five Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEM) countries (Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Palestine and Tunisia). The Survey exposes that the region is not victim of a clash of civilisations but rather a 'clash of ignorances' based on historical stereotypes and the 'culturalisation' of conflicts promoted by certain media and political narratives. As with the previous editions since 2010, the Intercultural Trends Survey shows that the appraisal of citizens for a common Euro-Mediterranean project will depend on its capacity for enhancing cultural diversity and fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and youth participation.

The Intercultural Trends Survey 2017 is available at: http://www.annalindhfoundation.org/intercultural-trends-euro-med-region