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Rethinking National Identity in the Age of Migration
November 2012

Rethinking National Identity in the Age of Migration

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Migration Policy Institute, Bertelsmann Stiftung

In countries across the Atlantic, large-scale migration has brought about unprecedented levels of diversity, transforming communities in fundamental ways, while realigning closely held notions of national identity and belonging. This shift has recently coincided with significant challenges and public fears brought on by the economic downturn and ensuing Great Recession, which has caused enormous anxiety and the need to hold tight to identity, language, culture, and values. In response, many state have advanced cultural conformity and narrowed the rights of migrants to residence and citizenship, isolating and in some cases penalizing those who fall outside country norms.

Amid the resulting immigration backlash and criticism of "multiculturalism," the need is greater than ever to reinforce the bonds that tie communities together. Yet while consensus is emerging on failed policies or what has not worked well in the arena of immigrant integration, there is sparse policy or even discussion for developing a new organizing principle for community cohesion that harnesses the potential of society's diversity. This vision must mitigate the disorienting effects of rapid social change tied to migration and smooth divisions between immigration’s “winners and losers,” blunt extremism, and respond smartly to changing community and national identities.

In Rethinking National Identity in the Age of Migration, the sixth volume of MPI's Transatlantic Council on Migration, these issues are examined as the authors uplift the lessons that can be drawn from various approaches to immigrant integration and managing diversity in North America and Europe. The volume delivers recommendations on what policymakers must do to build and reinforce inclusiveness given the realities on each side of the Atlantic. Through promoting key recommendations for fostering greater cohesiveness, the book offers insights into the next generation of policies that can (re)build inclusive societies and bring immigrants and natives together in pursuit of shared futures on equal footing.

Table of Contents 

Demetrios G. Papademetriou and 
Jörg Dräger

Section I: The Transatlantic Council on Migration

Council Statement: Rethinking National Identity in the Age of Migration
Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Jörg Dräger

Section II: Managing Diversity in Challenging Times

Multiculturalism: Success, Failure and the Future
Will Kymlicka

The Relationship between Immigration and Extremism in Europe and North America
Cas Mudde

Governance of Cultural Diversity: Trends, Challenges and Ways Ahead
Christian Joppke

Section III: Country Perspectives

Understanding “Canadian Exceptionalism” around Immigration and Pluralism Policy
Irene Bloemraad

French National Identity and Integration: Sense of Belonging and Rejection from the National Community
Patrick Simon

Contested Ground: Immigration in the United States
Michael Jones-Correa

Identity and (Muslim) Immigration in Germany
Naika Foroutan

The Netherlands: From National Identity to Plural Identifications
Monique Kremer

UK Immigrant Integration Policy: Cause and Effect
Shamit Saggar and Will Somerville

Exceptional in Europe? Spain’s Experience with Immigration and Integration
Joaquin Arango

Immigration and National Identity in Norway
Thomas Hylland Eriksen