Marcelo Suarez-Orozco: After Oslo, Clearing Up Facts on Immigration
America now has the largest number of illegal immigrants in the world and, an Ocean away, the situation is just as dire, though for different reasons: “In Europe, at best, in the unanimous chorus of Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Prime Minister David Cameron, there is ‘failed multiculturalism.’ At worst, there is Breivik's European Declaration of Independence.” Amidst these circumstances, Suarez-Orozco contends, the solutions meant to address immigration issues are stuck on cruise control: they are “formulaic, underwhelming and [lacking] the seriousness and the magnitude this human dilemma demands.” Suarez-Orozco states bluntly that, “There has been no serious public debate on the purposes of immigration on either side of the Atlantic.”
The real issue isolated by Suarez-Orozco is integration: “Nobody seems to grasp that integration is a two way street bringing immigrants and native citizens alike into a cleared-eyed view that there is a shared fate in a changing world.” It's sage advice from the co-director of Immigration Studies at NYU, a man known for books like The New Immigration and Writing Immigration, which is due next month. Suarez-Orozco is also an insightful speaker, celebrated at conferences for his ability to synthesize a broad range of disciplines into rational and informative examinations of large-scale immigration issues that, daily, are changing the world.
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