“A large part of the Kanaks are worried about a risk of becoming invisible in the face of the opening of the electorate” | EUROtoday

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Lhe present scenario in New Caledonia is under no circumstances a shock. The anger that erupts within the streets has been brewing for a very long time and finds its sources within the historical past and sociology of the territory. To assert that these riots are solely the fruit of idle, manipulated and alcoholic younger folks appears extraordinarily simplistic and above all harmful, as a result of it conceals what they mirror and make seen: goal inequalities and a powerful feeling of social injustice.

In addition to the historic and political elements extensively mentioned within the media in latest days, there are very robust spatial, social, financial and ethnic inequalities, in a context of political, financial, social and climatic uncertainty. The level right here is to not reinforce the divisions between communities, however moderately to know them, to be able to keep away from additional outbreaks of violence. Becoming conscious of inequalities and the sensation of injustice, on the one hand, and pondering collectively about potential options, alternatively, appear greater than vital in the meanwhile.

Despite the rebalancing coverage, round 70% of the poor belong to the Kanak group, 70% of younger dropouts and not using a resolution are Kanak and round 8% of this group maintain a bac + 2 diploma in comparison with greater than 50% of Europeans (2019 census of the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies). In addition, many younger graduates, usually passing via France, particularly because of the general public Cadres Avenir program, encounter difficulties accessing the job market.


Several younger folks interviewed throughout our area surveys testify to having seen positions commensurate with their {qualifications} being awarded to French folks, which generates very robust frustration and a sense of injustice.

Kanaks are under-represented in most positions of duty and sometimes really feel inferior within the instructional, skilled and political fields, but in addition of their interactions with a part of the European group. For many younger folks [interrogés lors d’entretiens menés en prison, sur des chantiers d’insertion, dans des lieux publics ou dans les lycées]in Nouméa, “la blanche”, “zoreille” or “metros” [qualificatifs qui désignent des métropolitains] would personal every little thing, would attempt to apply a hexagonal mannequin, generally with condescension, and could be concentrated within the wealthy neighborhoods, thus fueling envy and resentment.

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