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Education Research International
Volume 2011, Article ID 434079, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/434079
Review Article

Intercultural Education and Migration: Educational Proposals

Faculty of Education (Pedagogy), University of Murcia, 30003 Murcia, Spain

Received 15 September 2010; Accepted 28 November 2010

Academic Editor: Jan Elen

Copyright © 2011 Pedro Ortega Ruiz and Eduardo Romero Sánchez. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper tackles the difficult problem that immigration poses for developed Western European societies and the need of a new model of intercultural education which puts the emphasis of educational activity not so much on “intellectual understanding” as on the acceptance and welcoming of the person who is different, on account of his/her culture or ethnic group. Educational proposals are put forward that are materialized in a change of the intercultural education model, the involvement of the family and of society in changing attitudes towards immigrants, the need not to attribute a metahistorical or essentialist meaning to cultural identity, and the restoring of an ethical and political dimension of educational activity.