Social inclusion has two definitions. In relation to human behavior, it is when an individual is accepted into a social group. The common cause of social inclusion in interpersonal interactions is when people discover they have common interests or beliefs. In a broader context, social inclusion means having basic rights, such as the right to employment, health care, education and housing.
Social inclusion is often partnered with the term social exclusion. In interpersonal relationships, a person seeks social inclusion by displaying similar interests to established groups. The individual is then more readily accepted by a particular social group due to the sharing of mutual interests. Social exclusion in this sense occurs when a person is deemed socially aggressive, a term that defines someone trying too hard to be included, or a person deemed too different or a threat to an established group.
Regarding the political arena, there is a call for social inclusion when protests about individual rights being compromised occur. A person or group is considered to suffer from a lack of social inclusion due to characteristics such as their social class, race, upbringing and age. Social inclusion is seen as the solution for increased social and economic integration.