School redistribution policies of immigrant students promote xenophobia

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There is scientific evidence demonstrating that school redistribution policies of immigrant students promote xenophobia.

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Gontzal Uriarte


This article analyces some integration/redistribution policies in UK and it’s outcomes:

1) Increase of racism

“Racial violence against Muslim pupils was just the starkest reaction to this
forced integration. An analysis of letters published in the local press reveals how
the policy of school mergers managed to engender a generalised white backlash
against what was quickly seen as ‘integration by stealth’ and ‘social engineering’.
An excerpt from a letter to the local paper encapsulates the way school desegre-
gation, an idea believed to be imposed by political elites on to white working-
class neighbourhoods, was seen as a belligerent force with the potential to foster
racial divisions:”

2) Xenophobic vote and xenophobic activism:

“The Burnley ward was a particular electoral stronghold for
the BNP, which became the official opposition party on Burnley Council during
the run-up to the May 2003 local elections. The BNP also won its first ever county
council seat in 2009 by ending twenty years of Labour control. Currently, the BNP
has just one council seat, but this does not reflect the extent of far-right activity,
given the rise of the popular street activism of the English Defence League (EDL),
as seen through a number of high-profile public demonstrations by the EDL
Burnley division.”


Miah, S. (2012). School desegregation and the politics of ‘forced integration.’ Race & Class, 54(2), 26–38.

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In the United States of America, the first desegregation policies were initiated. The forced redistribution by buses of blacks to white schools generated great riots because of the rejection by the white community. The desegregation unleashed outbreaks of interacial violence not seen until then.

Hornburger, J. M. (1976). Deep are the Roots: Busing in Boston. The Journal of Negro Education, 45(3), 235–245.

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South Asians in London, 1963-1981. Bussing.

“Separating South Asian students at bussing points often made them vulnerable to isolation and racial violence. In a letter to the Indian Workers’
Association, a group of children trekking to Watford Secondary School from
Southall and Ealing complained: “Every morning and evening we change
buses . . . Because we are of Indian or Asian origin (or putting it simply coloured),
this gang of white boys from Vincent School beat every coloured boy they get
hold of and spit on the girls. Because of this some boys and girls don’t attend the
school or are unable to attend regularly.”62 These cruelties reflected emergent
racisms in increasingly diverse districts, but the practicalities of bussing also con-
centrated South Asian students into specific areas making them easier targets for

Brett Bebber, “We Were Just Unwanted”: Bussing, Migrant Dispersal, and South Asians in London, Journal of Social History, Volume 48, Issue 3, Spring 2015, Pages 635–661,

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In the case of the Roma in Europe, school segregation is very pronounced. Prejudice against the Roma community is deeply rooted throughout Europe and this produces a strong reaction to sharing schools with Roma. When school desegregation policies act on this population, new forms of intraschool segregation automatically arise. These forms of intraschool segregation are the product of the anti-Gypsy reaction of families and heads of studies of other ethnic groups in the schools where they are integrated. Those are the effects:

“However, in schools where intraschool segregation came about as a consequence of anti-Roma prejudice of the principal persistent stigmatization, interethnic bullying, teachers’ neglect of Roma classes and their unwillingness to teach, as well as their consistent negative feedback, resulted in the short run in Roma students’ antischool attitude, their lack of respect for the school and the teachers. It also damaged their self-perception, identity formation, and future ambitions.”


Vera Messing (2017) Differentiation in the Making: Consequences of School Segregation of Roma in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia, European Education, 49:1, 89-103, DOI: 10.1080/10564934.2017.1280336

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The case of apartheid in South Africa is known worldwide. There was also a process of school desegregation that caused more pronounced situations of racism against minors.The more prior racism exists against the community to be integrated, the worse the reaction will be in the desegregation process. In my opinion, a latent racism awakens in an interracial contact that is unwanted or forced by the authorities. Teachers from the mainstream community do not fully display their racist behavior until an interracial context exists.

“Until 1991 the school was all-white by law but by 1996 the school’s student
population had become sixty per cent white and forty per cent black. The ethos
of the school remains quite traditional with its emphasis, for example, on
uniform and ceremonies. The change in the racial composition of the school
has been a troubling one for students and staff brought up under apartheid.
In 1994, for example, students were asked to write about their feelings towards
the school. The following were some of the statements from the students at
the time:
There were times when I got back home crying, not only because of the pain I had
endured from racial tension in the school but also from the pain of seeing how
much hatred young people can have in them. Because of the colour of my skin I
am expected to fight and sweat for what I want. All I want is to be treated equally.
The blacks do not have any self-discipline.
The teachers here are racist….”


Harber, C. Desegregation, Racial Conflict and Education for Democracy in the New South Africa: A Case Study of Institutional Change. International Review of Education44, 569–582 (1998).

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This chapter provides a lot of scientific evidence that explains that unwanted and unequal contact has negative consequences in the relationship and in self-concept of lower status students.”

“Thus, generalization of attitude to diverse situations as a result of interethnic contact is not the rule but the exception. In real-life situations, ethnic contact is generally not in conditions of equal status. In these cases contact can generate negative effects on attitudes as well as on the self-concept of the minority or low-status group member.”


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