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Table of Contents

Chapter I: A suitcase in the hall Tolerance under strain - The conservatism of migrants - The in-between generation - Native unease - Integration requires self-examination - So what's new? Chapter II: The world in the city 000 The proximity of strangers - Segregation and inequality - Ghetto culture - Black and white schools - Dispersing without mixing - Back to the garden city Chapter III: The great migration The globe is fragile - All the colours plus grey - Classic countries of immigration - Migration and development - A morality of mobility - The citizens' revolt Chapter IV: The Netherlands, a culture of avoidance As others see us - Migration and nation building - Tolerance is not laisser-faire - Organizing Islam - Post-colonial lessons - Identity and openness Chapter V: European contrasts From emigration to immigration - Early opposition - Republican answers - Foreigners after genocide - Taking leave of empire - At the external borders Chapter VI: The cosmopolitan code The colonial trap - Enlightened' racism - The value of cultures - Beyond multiculturalism - Prejudice weighed - World citizens in the making Chapter VII: The rediscovery of America The colonists' creed - In the melting pot - Opposition to immigrants - The golden door shuts - The lingering shadow of slavery - Affirmative action Chapter VIII: The divided house of Islam Islam and imperialism - In a secular environment - Conservatism and radicalization - Reformist voices - Believers in an open society - A world without an emergency exit Chapter IX: Land of arrival Rituals of citizenship - Everything of value must defend itself - A triptych of integration - Dilemmas of equal treatment - Tomorrow's immigrants - Accepting what we have become Epilogue Acknowledgments Bibliography Notes

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Paul Scheffer is Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam


'An important, ambitious book ... As the revolt against massimmigration and multiculturalism shows no signs of weakening inEurope, it is timely to have a rational and liberal defence of thenew scepticism that ranges with such confidence across so manycountries - and is a damn good read too.' FinancialTimes 'With Immigrant Nations , Scheffer offers an extension ofhis earlier arguments and an answer to his critics ... essentialreading for anyone with an interest in the issue.' TimesHigher Education 'Arguably the best study in many years of the effects that massimmigration has had on the countries and cities of western Europeand north America.' EuropeanVoice 'Should be required reading for those engaged with thisimportant issue.' ForeignAffairs 'With major cities as focal points, Scheffer argues for arevision of both how we look at our legislative and culturalrelationship with immigration by way of revisiting historicalprecedents as well as considering the profoundly different (moredensely populated and globalized) world in which we livetoday.' PopMatters 'The breadth of this study is formidable. Exploring as it doesthe history of voluntary or forced emigration and immigration,slavery and the US and the problems of assimilation, it covers anumber of controversial bases in a non-sensationalist way. Therecurring subject of large and diverse Muslim communities inEuropean cities is the most significant theme of this book and it'san issue which is tackled with courage and honesty.' MorningStar 'Scheffer tackles the problems resulting from immigration intoEurope with a candid critique of antiforeign sentiments and thefeelings of immigrant populations as well ... Highlyrecommended.' Choice 'An honest and vivid exploration of the many issues thatcontemporary immigration presents for European societies ... proofthat the immigration debate can and should be moved beyond itscurrent impasse.' Survival: Global Politics and Strategy Paul Scheffer has written the most acute, sensitive andnuanced account there is of Europe's new immigrants. This book isessential reading for anyone who wishes to understand today'sEurope.' Timothy Garton Ash, St Antony's College, Oxford Paul Scheffer handles a combustible subject with uncommonrestraint. His tone is sharp yet compassionate; his scope is broadyet detailed; he is an insider yet unobtrusive. In a subtle way hereveals the layers of painful contradictions that plague a peoplewho for decades cultivated a self-image of tolerance and freedom,only to be cast into self-doubt as that image is tested by thearrival and settlement of Muslim immigrants.' Ayaan Hirsi Ali, American Enterprise Institute A vital contribution to the current discussions in Europeon the problems of immigration. Scheffer's voice is urgent, timelyand penetrating. This book should be read by all Europeans, andindeed by all people, who are interested in one of the mostpressing issues of our time: how to integrate non-Westernimmigrants, especially immigrants with Muslim backgrounds, intoWestern societies.' Ian Buruma, Bard College

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