Immigration and Cultural Justice. A Reflection on Human Rights of “New Minorities”

  • Eduardo J. Ruiz Vieytez


European States have been constructed on the assumption that homogeneity of culture and identity is natural and desirable. At the same time, European policies on immigration show a disproportionate emphasis on border control and the regulation of foreign workers, with little emphasis on cultural and identity integration and accommodation. Migrations also suppose a change of the traditional social and economic relations of any society, including the situation and perceptions of traditional minorities. This demands a new conception of diversity management and the need to reread the contents and exercise of fundamental rights. Inclusive citizenship and Multicultural democracy must become the two guiding principles of such a polity redefinition. A real frame of human rights cannot be created without incorporating a reference to identity and a minority approach. Today, we need a new reading of human rights based on the ideas of inclusiveness and diversity. This includes those languages, religions or cultures that have become part of the European multicultural heritage as a consequence of recent population movements.


Minority Group Public Space Equality Principle Political Community Minority Language 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad de DeustoBilbaoSpain

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