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Friday 22 September 2017

Dan O'Brien: It's time to turn this influx into opportunity

European countries must learn from each other if immigration is to be a win-win, writes Dan O'Brien

Monthly number of first-time asylum seekers in the EU
Monthly number of first-time asylum seekers in the EU
ON THE MOVE: Migrants cross the border from Greece to a transit centre for refugees near the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija. Photo: AP/Boris Grdanoski
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

There is little sign that the migration crisis will ease in 2016. There is every indication that it will be an even more fraught issue in the countries which are receiving most of those arriving in Europe.

The events in Paris in November and Cologne on New Year's Eve will - rightly or wrongly - heighten fears about the downsides of immigration. While talk of a "clash of civilisations" is overblown, if not alarmist, there are often frictions when cultures rub together. The greater the cultural gap between peoples, the greater the friction can be.

This is all very understandable. We evolved to be suspicious of outsiders.

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