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Will Europe’s Immigration Problems Happen in the U.S.?

In this episode of New Ideal Live, Onkar Ghate, Nikos Sotirakopoulos, and Agustina Vergara Cid discuss Europe’s immigration policies, its failure to assimilate immigrants and adopt rational policies toward them, and what America needs to learn from Europe’s failures to avoid these problems.

Among the topics covered:

  • The need to distinguish normal immigration from a refugee crisis;
  • What statistical data show is happening in Europe;
  • The rise in violence against women and Jews in Europe;
  • Europe’s evasion and denial of the dangers of militant Islam;
  • Immigrant crime and welfare benefits in Europe versus in the U.S.;
  • Muslim assimilation in the U.S. versus in Europe;
  • Multiculturalism’s role in the non-assimilation of immigrants in Europe;
  • The meaning of multiculturalism, and the factors that drive or prevent assimilation;
  • The nature of the “American Experiment,” and its implications for immigration;
  • Europe’s approach to policing foreigners and its self-destructive results;
  • How Muslim assimilation in America is hindered by giving Islam a protected status.

Mentioned in this podcast and relevant to the discussion is Ayn Rand’s talk “Global Balkanization” (which can be found in essay form in The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought), and the New Ideal Live podcast episode “The Debate over the Right to Immigrate” with Ghate and Vergara Cid, where they discuss the immigration debate in America from a philosophical perspective.

The podcast was recorded on August 2, 2023. Listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.

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Tristan de Liege

Tristan de Liège, PhD in philosophy, is a junior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute.

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