Conflict is a necessary way of integration
Resentment and reciprocal fear seem to be increasing in Europe in response to the economic and demographic crisis, and to minorities – often identified with the Muslim “other” – demanding more public visibility. Nevertheless, if we want true integration for minorities, we need to acknowledge this often extreme conflict as a phase, but a necessary phase, of an integration process, says Italian Sociologist Stefano Allievi, interviewed during the 2011 edition of ResetDoC’s Istanbul Seminars. In conflict you deal with other actors, which are actors who change their minds through conflict. Conflict is socially dynamic, not static, and we must deal with it step by step.