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L'Interprétariat communautaire et la médiation interculturelle sont-ils des facteurs d'inclusion? Comparaisons de pratiques et politiques dans les domaines de la santé, du social, de l'éducation et du légal

English title Community interpreting and intercultural mediation: Do they contribute to inclusion? Comparing policies and practices in the sectors of health, education, social and legal services
Applicant Bischoff Alexander
Number 69224
Funding scheme NRP 51 Social Integration and Social Exclusion
Research institution Pflegewissenschaft - Nursing Science (INS) Department Public Health Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Sociology
Start/End 01.10.2003 - 30.09.2006
Approved amount 200'388.00
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Methods of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

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Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
Does intercultural mediation promote integration?

This research project is investigating the practice of intercultural mediation in public institutions in the health, educational, social and legal services sectors in the cities of Geneva and Basel.

Since the second half of the last century, Switzerland has attracted a large number of migrants. The influx of migrants from many different countries of origin has brought with it a variety of spoken languages and ways of life. In this context, intercultural mediation appears to be an important instrument for inclusion and integration of migrants into our society. Practitioners in intercultural mediation are specialists coming from the fields of interpreting, cultural mediation (here the emphasis is on negotiating in situations that involve different ways of life and different worlds) or conflict mediation.

Aim and method
Under what conditions does intercultural mediation make it possible for migrants to participate more fully in life in the sectors investigated? Can intercultural mediation also have the opposite effect of excluding migrants? In a first step, a questionnaire survey of selected persons who regularly deal with intercultural mediators will yield a comprehensive overview of current practices, experience and problems in the area of intercultural mediation. In a second step, case studies in selected institutions will produce deeper insight into everyday dealings with intercultural mediators.

The findings of the research project will contribute towards adequate assessment of the significance of intercultural mediation for inclusion of migrants in our society. The starting point is the assumption that intercultural mediation is an important instrument in order to review the conditions under which intercultural mediation truly facilitates optimal integration. At the same time, it can be assumed that intercultural mediation can lead to undesired exclusion mechanisms if, for example, social or political problems are „culturalized“ or responsibility for integration is shifted to the persons affected. Knowledge of such dangers will allow us to adjust intercultural mediation practices and to avoid further exclusion.

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