Politics on the margins in Tunisia

Vulnerable young people in Douar Hicher and Ettadhamen

This report is part of a wider project, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which seeks to understand the opinions of young people in Douar Hicher and Ettadhamen, two neighbourhoods in the suburbs of Tunisia’s capital Tunis that are marked by high unemployment rates, school dropouts and insecurity.

International Alert interviewed almost 800 people aged between 18 and 34 living in the neighbourhoods of Douar Hicher and Ettadhamen between January and October 2014. In 2015 we published the preliminary findings of the quantitative survey, and this report provides a more in-depth presentation and analysis of the data provided by both the quantitative and qualitative field studies.

Studying young people’s relationships with politics in the neighbourhoods of Douar Hicher and Ettadhamen allows us to analyse the political leanings of these young people, who played a major role in the protest, and enables us to look beyond the institutional matters. This report aims to demonstrate how the social and urban inequalities to which these young people are subjected penetrate every aspect of their lives, shaping their identities and influencing the development of their relationships with politics, leaving them excluded from the various forms of representative democracy and marginalised from the legitimate political scene.

The quantitative findings upon which this research is based can be found in the report, Experiences and perceptions of young people in Tunisia.