Solving the knotty problem of migration
in The end of populism
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In this chapter proposals are made for a humane and sustainable immigration policy. The author distinguishes four approaches: 1. the populist approach: closing the frontiers; 2. the assimilationist approach: putting pressure on immigrants to adopt the culture of their new homeland; 3. the multicultural approach, enabling immigrants to keep their own language and culture; and 4. the constitutional approach, expecting immigrants to adhere to the values and principles of liberal democracy. The author rejects the first three approaches and develops arguments for the fourth model. He further explores the question of the “absorption capacity” of the receiving countries and explains that good and factual government information can play an important role in reducing the anxiety of citizens, as research results from the USA, Britain, and the Netherlands confirm.

The end of populism

Twenty proposals to defend liberal democracy

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