Sudikoff Institute Public Forum: Immigrant Bias and Stereotypes

Carola and Marcelo Suárez-Orozco's commentary for Re-Imagining Migration looks at harmful misconceptions of immigrants.

Carola Suárez-Orozco, professor of education, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and  Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, have written a commentary for Re-Imagining Migration on “Bias, Stereotypes, and Our View of Immigrants.”

“Biases influence what we see, what we believe, and how we understand the world,” write the Suárez-Orozcos. “Many of our biases are informed by stereotypes – generalized ideas and images about groups of people. It would nearly be impossible to live in the world and not be exposed to stereotypes. While it is easy to dismiss prejudices due to ignorance, sometimes stereotypes are exacerbated by how much news and information you consume.

“As much as we might fight against it, many of our views of immigrants are influenced by stereotypes. On both sides of the Atlantic, immigrants are feared for weakening social cohesion, diluting cultural mores, self-segregation, worsening economic woes, and for disloyalty and terror.What are the most common stereotypes about immigrants today and how do they impact how people think and act?”

To read “Bias, Stereotypes, and Our View of Immigrants,” visit the Sudikoff Institute Public Forum.