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Social Inclusion of Ethnic Minorities and Citizens Wth Low Income In The Digitalization of Housing In Slovenia and The Eu

Samar Zughool
Povod Institute

Housing is an essential element of social inclusion. Laws in the EU prohibit discrimination based on social identity. Yet, social discrimination based on ethnicity remains a challenge for access to housing and, hence, minorities in the EU. The impact of COVID19 has led to a broader need for the digitalization of housing and real estate. Reports from NGOs in Slovenia addressed the issue of housing as a hindering factor for the social integration of beneficiaries of international protection. Yet, there is a lack of research on social inclusion, housing, and digitalization during COVID19. In this paper, we analyze the definition of Cyberbullying and the anti-discrimination policies in the housing platforms in Slovenia and the public access to information on housing and digitalization. This is through a theoretical framework that combines qualitative research and ethnographic methods with the theories of social inclusion and digitalization in housing. We conclude with an argument that the digitalization of housing is essential for sustainable development. Yet, it shall be integrated with an explicit definition and concrete mechanisms on achieving social inclusion of ethnic minorities and, more precisely, of people who are holders of international protection in Slovenia. This overlaps with other forms of discrimination based on economic status. In conclusion, we offer recommendations on achieving social inclusion of minorities and low-income people in Slovenia through an inclusive digitalization of housing for sustainable development.



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