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Diversity and Social Fragmentation
"Diversity does not produce 'bad race relations' or ethnically-defined group hostility, our findings suggest.
Rather, inhabitants of diverse communities tend to withdraw from collective life, to distrust their neighbours, regardless of the colour of their skin, to withdraw even from close friends, to expect the worst from their community and its leaders, to volunteer less, give less to charity and work on community projects less often, to register to vote less, to agitate for social reform more, but have less faith that they can actually make a difference, and to huddle unhappily in front of the television. Note that this pattern encompasses attitudes and behaviour, bridging and bonding social capital, public and private connections.
Diversity, at least in the short run, seems to bring out the turtle in all of us"
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
"In recent times it has been fashionable to talk of the
- Milton Friedman
"You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state"
- David McWilliams
"We already know that Ireland takes in more immigrants per head than any other EU country and this includes the UK and Sweden - the only two other EU countries with an open borders policy to the new eastern states of the Union. We are also absorbing more migrants per head than the US.
If the US were to match the per capita Irish figures, it would have taken in close to 15 million people in the past two years - twice the population of New York! Compared with other European countries with more restrictive policies, the Irish numbers are startling.
We are now absorbing seven times per head more than
France and the Netherlands. Anecdotal evidence suggests that
immigration is increasing not decreasing. The impact of foreign
workers is being felt in every county and town around the