On immigrant integration: Reply to Stoffman

  • Peter S. Li
Policy Debates


In his critique of my argument on Canada’s immigration discourse, Daniel Stoffman raises two objections: his writings are misinterpreted and I offer no alternative to the assimiliationist view of integration. In this analysis, I show that Stoffman’s version of multiculturalism is exaggerated and his idea of culture and integration is misguided. I further show that true integration is neither about cultural conformity nor about cultural anarchism. Rather, true integration involves a democratic process which allows harmonious diversity to enrich people’s lives and permits conflicting differences to be settled lawfully and respectfully.

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Integration Discourse Immigration Multiculturalism Canada 


Dans sa critique de mon argument touchant le discours canadien sur l’immigration, Daniel Stoffman soulève deux objections: j’interprète mal ses écrits et je n’offre pas d’alternative à la vision assimilative de l’intégration. Cette analyse montrera que la version qu’offre Stoffman du multiculturalisme est exagérée et que l’idée qu’il se fait de la culture et de l’intégration est peu judicieuse. De plus, cet article démontre qu’une intégration véritable n’a rien à voir au conformisme culturel ni à l’anarchisme culturel. Une intégration véritable implique plutôt un processus démocratique qui admet l’enrichissement de la vie des gens par une diversité harmonieuse et qui permet le règlement légal et respectueux des différences conflictuelles.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter S. Li
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  1. 1.University of SaskatchewanCanada

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