Slovenski etnografski muzej

The social marginalisation of the largest immigrant groups v Sloveniji

The article compares the results of the Survey on the position of immigrants, their descendants, and their cultures in Slovenia (ISIM - Institute for Slovenian Emigration Studies, SRC SASA) with the research results of other authors. The results show that the low level of linguistic and cultural integration of the immigrants, i.e. the low level of acceptance of their languages, cultural traditions, and values in the wider society, helps to perpetuate stereotype ideas and a xenophobic attitude to immigrants among the members of the majority society. This xenophobic attitude influences the social and economic position of the immigrants because – according to
the immigrants’ experiences – it is reflected in their opportunities for education, scholarships, employment, working conditions, and professional advancement.