Challenging the myth that ‘So many minorities cannot be integrated’

Nissa Finney and Ludi Simpson

in 'Sleepwalking to segregation'?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420084
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303367 | DOI:
Challenging the myth that ‘So many minorities cannot be integrated’

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This chapter investigates the claim that immigrants cannot be integrated because they place too great a burden on space, housing, and state resources. It considers the claim that problems are caused not only by increased numbers of people but by increased ethnic diversity. It argues that, on the contrary, immigrants and ethnic minorities take up less space and no more resources than others, and that ethnic diversity is not a burden but is one more dimension of difference that services handle democratically in the same way as gender and age. It aims to specify the immigrants and ethnic minorities referred to at each point, and to point out when the myth conflates concepts of different populations.

Keywords: immigrants; ethnic diversity; ethnic minorities; burden; myth; resources

Chapter.  6219 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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