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Social inclusion – for everyone

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Social inclusion is a term used in politics and government to indicate that all young people have the same right to be included in society, regardless of where you’re starting out.

Assimilation vs. inclusion

Social inclusion means that opportunities should be accessible to everyone, and it shouldn’t matter whether you have a disability, for example, or whether your parents migrated to Sweden from another country. Most importantly: it means you shouldn’t have to change things about yourself to fit in.


It’s also important to keep in mind that you can help others feel included in areas or groups that you’re a part of. Remember that people sometimes need different things in order to feel included.


Sometimes people need more support

Some people are often excluded, and therefore you might have to think some more about what you can do to make sure they are included. These people are often part of groups that are excluded from society by the dominant norms. For example, this can be: young people with learning disabilities, young people who grew up in low-income families, young people with intellectual or physical disabilities, young people with a migrant background or who were refugees, or young LGBTQ people.


Social inclusion is all about understanding what the needs of other people are, as well as your own. So when you meet a new group or person, think about what you need in order to participate, or what you need to communicate in order to include others. And remember: this is a right, not a privilege.

Published: Wed, 12/06/2013 - 11:30

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