Compared to other countries, Turkey has done an excellent job of meeting the basic needs of refugees. But without a better integration policy, they will become a permanent, stateless underclass
Waves of Young Syrian Men Bring Hope, and a Test, to Europe
By BEN HUBBARD
The exodus deprives Syria of a demographic crucial to reconstruction while threatening to create a new underclass in Europe.
Deborah Meier writes in the Bridging Differences blog in Education Week: “We've settled on anything that keeps the more ambitious poor black and Latino kids—especially boys—in line and obedient while producing some small improvement in standardized test scores. Such schooling reinforces, rather than challenges, an old claim—with long roots in history. What's good for the well-off is different from what's good for the underclass.”
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States
The lowest societal stratum, usually composed of the disadvantaged: "Divorced women and their children are becoming a new underclass" (Barbara Fisher Williamson).
- One that is expected to lose a contest or struggle, as in sports or politics.
- One that is at a disadvantage.