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  • 1. Europe, Wary of Immigration and Immigrants, Reaches an Inflection Point
    Migration Information Source
    By: Maria Moreno
    History 33
    Professor Arguello
  • 2. The Past
    For the past two decades, European countries didn't need the Statue of Liberty or the world's first multiculturalism policy, like Canada, to show that on balance they accepted immigrants.
    Many European countries encouraged high-skilled migration even as they struggled with asylum flows and immigrant integration. Anti-immigrant groups existed but were not part of the mainstream, and policy debates, when they occurred in the public sphere, revealed fear more than xenophobia.
    As economies boomed, migrants from within and outside Europe heeded the demand for labor from Ireland to Greece, Sweden to Spain.
  • 3. THE MIGRATION
    France also sent a strong message to its approximately 5 million Muslims when the French parliament banned face veils in public, a measure the French courts upheld in October, making it effective immediately. France also sent a strong message to its approximately 5 million Muslims when the French parliament banned face veils in public, a measure the French courts upheld in October, making it effective immediately. Germany continues to fund integration programs at full levels even as other countries, strapped by the recession, make cuts.

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