Xenophobia is the fear and extreme dislike of foreigners. It is the aversion to unfamiliar people in particular.
Outsider and Insider thinking fuelled xenophobia. ‘We feeling’ among citizens may lead to ‘they feeling’.
More migrants settling in new areas generates fear among the local population. As a result, locals develop an aversion to migrants. Xenophobic people tend to eliminate outgroups to preserve ethnic and national identity.
Italian sociologist Guido Bolaffi has rightly described xenophobia as the uncritical exaltation of different cultures.
COVID-19 and Anti Asia racism
COVID has triggered anti-Asia racism in Western Europe and North America. Anti-China rhetoric has increased hate crimes against the Chinese community.
Extent of Xenophobia
Xenophobia is the extreme dislike of people of different races, ethnic communities, countries, religions, castes, classes, and cultures.
Authoritarian personality theory of Prejudice and Culture theory of Prejudice is the major reason attributed to increasing xenophobia.
How to fight xenophobia
Xenophobia can be limited by accepting a multicultural and plural society of different races and religions. The fundamental right to equality should be equally available to all individuals in a nation.