Saturday 23 September 2017

To fight far right we must help Muslims to fit in

A woman holds a fake hundred guilder note, the Dutch currency before the introduction of the euro, baring the portrait of Geert Wilders during an election campaign stop in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam Picture: AP
A woman holds a fake hundred guilder note, the Dutch currency before the introduction of the euro, baring the portrait of Geert Wilders during an election campaign stop in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam Picture: AP
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

We have three upcoming elections in France, the Netherlands and Germany where immigration - and Muslim immigration in particular - will be the main issue. In America, Donald Trump has declared his hand. Anti-Islam was one of his central campaign messages. And in Britain, immigration was probably the issue that swung the Brexit vote.

Your tolerance or otherwise of mass immigration depends on many factors. Are you threatened? Do you benefit economically? Do you believe that multiculturalism is a good thing? Do you believe that we should take responsibility for the poor?

Most of us do not take extreme positions on immigration and are typically somewhere in the middle. It is common to hear people saying the success or otherwise of immigration depends whether the immigrants "fit in".

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