The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Global Security Studies

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Multiculturalism

  • Pablo de OrellanaEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74336-3_249-1

Introduction: The Permanence and Value of Difference

What to do about immigrants once arrived? This is the core question at the heart of contemporary scholarly, policy, and public debates on multiculturalism. Multiculturalism as a political and policy question refers to the role of identities in situ. That is, what to do with migrants and the difference – however defined – that they bring with them. This debate concerns policy, ethics, and a vision of society after the event of migration (see chapters on “Migrants and Migration” and “Migration-Security Nexus”), which is the focus of this chapter.

Multiculturalism is a mode of integration for migrants. It is one of the several available models (see for example “Assimilation”) for the long-term amalgamation of migrants into local communities. It is distinguished by inclusion of migrant communitiesand their culture –as opposed to individualist integration which focuses on integrating individuals into existing communities. As a...

Keywords

Migration policy Identity Nationalism Rights Securitization Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.King’s College LondonLondonUK