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The Macksey Journal

Abstract

The future of the European Union is riddled with political uncertainty. From the consequences of Brexit, the rise of right-wing nationalism, the immigration crisis, and changing demographics, the EU is facing its biggest challenges since its inception and the euro crisis. The significance of political leaders and political representation who make key decisions cannot be overstated enough. It is a problem if these political leaders represent old, traditional Europe when, in reality, the EU is much more multicultural than it seems. In fact, the current issues that plague the EU are equally concerning for the next generation as they are for these political leaders. Given the nature of the issues and the changing policies of the EU, female university students who come from a racially marginalized ethnic background are perhaps the most distinct. The intersection of race and gender is important because the identity and presence of these groups in the EU is what spurs and ensures a multicultural and progressive Europe. Their presence and opinions are necessary to be acknowledged in EU research for this reason. Following a series of interviews in universities in France and the United Kingdom, it was found that ethnic females all consider unity and change as two consequential elements for the survival and success of the EU. In contrast, many males and white Europeans were more likely to say that the EU will crumble or stagnate. Moreover, every racially marginalized group indicated in this study is aware of the lack of racial representation in politics and many aspire to become future political representatives. The small sample size of this research presents an initial limitation. Future research should include more participants from different European member-states to fully understand more of the opinions and importance that females from racially marginalized backgrounds contribute.

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