The Reports of Multiculturalism's Death are Greatly Exaggerated

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Multiculturalism has been declared dead across Western Europe and, surprisingly, in Canada. In this brief article, I argue that the declaration of its death is premature. Instead, I argue that whether policies designated ‘multicultural’ produce integration or segregation is in large part determined by the context in which they are implemented; in some cases, integration is proceeding smoothly while in others recent discourse concerning ‘integration’ of migrants bears an uncomfortable resemblance to historically discredited calls for ‘assimilation’. Finally, I argue that to the extent (and this extent is limited) that Muslim minorities are failing to integrate, the failure is caused by host country actions that signal their hostility towards Muslim migrants.

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