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2010 December 26 Sunday
Immigration Reduces Integration

An unsurprising result. Yet clueless academics at an Ivy League school express surprise.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] ó Despite increased racial and ethnic diversity, American neighborhoods continue to be segregated, and some of the progress made toward integration since 1980 has come to a halt this decade, according to a new report by Brown University sociologist John Logan. The report, co-authored by Florida State University sociologist Brian Stults, marks the launch of the US2010 project, a program of research on changes in American society, supported by the Russell Sage Foundation and Brown University.

"This is a surprising result," said Logan, director of Brown's Initiative in Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences and director of US2010. "At worst, it was expected that there would be continued slow progress. The growth of the black middle class, the passage of time since fair housing legislation was enacted, and the evidence from surveys that white Americans are becoming more tolerant of black neighbors all pointed in that direction."

The cessation of immigration in the 1920s caused integration to accelerate. Ties to the old country were cut off. No new supplies of immigrants to keep neighborhoods pure immigrant with non-English speakers talking only to each other.

If you want immigrants to integrate then bring them in in smaller numbers and do pauses that last decades. John Logan should talk to George Borjas at Harvard about how a multi-decade immigration pause would accelerate integration.

By Randall Parker    2010 December 26 05:27 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (10)
2007 August 19 Sunday
Immigration Driving Scottish Separatism?

David Pryce-Jones observes how devolution of power in Britain to the Scottish Parliament is helping to fuel a push for independence of Scotland from Britain. Is immigration driving Scots into stronger support for Scottish national independence?

Opinion polls suggest that almost two-thirds approve of Salmondís administration so far, and also that independence one day is inevitable although under a quarter of the respondents actually were in favour of it. I have just spent some time in Scotland, and pretty well everyone I spoke to there confirmed the broad outlines of these polls. However unenthusiastic they might be at the prospect, almost everyone considered that independence was the virtually certain outcome of devolution. And that would be Blairís irreversible legacy.

One Scottish grandee, a Unionist, had an interesting angle. The Scots, he said to me, have a very strong sense of their own identity, and do not take kindly to others coming to live among them, or telling them what to do. This is tribalism, with its plusses and minuses, and it means that when they look at Britain they see that immigration is out of control, and there is a diminishing sense of identity, and even less national pride. The Scots hope to avoid such a fate. In a nutshell, then, repudiation of multi-culturalism is the motor driving Scottish independence and the ultimate break-up of Britain.

They wouldn't need to worry about medical doctors trying to blow up one of their airports if they had a controlled border with England and did not allow Muslims in to work. As things now stand multiculturalism is becoming a growing imposition on Scots living in Scotland. For another example of how Muslim immigration is an imposition on Scots see my post Eating At Desk During Ramadan Banned At Scottish Hospitals.

By Randall Parker    2007 August 19 02:21 PM Entry Permalink | Comments (8)
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