Muslim immigrants should not be scapegoated for social problems

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Muslim immigrants should not be scapegoated for social problems

Immigration issues are not identical in different countries, but one phenomena is quite common– when things get tough in a country, immigrants are often easy targets.

According to this recent piece in The Guardian, “the question of how to respond to multiculturalism remains fraught and divisive. Some celebrate multiculturalism for having transformed Britain into a vibrant, cosmopolitan nation. For others, Britain has become too diverse.”  And supposedly, immigrants don’t feel enough loyalty to their new countries.

But in the case of British Muslims, the assumption that they are poorly integrated is not borne out by the facts; in fact, “numerous polls have shown that Muslims tend to identify with Britain to a greater degree than the population at large.” But unfortunately, many “politicians today defend multiculturalism, while assiduously fostering fears about immigration. What we actually need to do is the opposite – defend diversity and immigration.”

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