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City of Migrants
City of Migrants
Ash Amin
Introduction

If, because of economic need, post-colonial guilt, or cosmopolitan interest, there was a moment of openness in recent European history towards the non-European migrant, this moment has passed. Europe, confronted by prolonged economic crisis, the resurgence of ethnic nationalism, a sense of the future as hazardous and insecure, growing animosity towards globalisation and immigration, is turning its back on the migrant. Economic and political migrants are no longer wanted and are cast as a threat to economic and social well-being, heritage and culture, and even national security. This is the stance of not only conservatives averse to the stranger because of a traditionally ethnocentric understanding of nation and belonging, but also progressives wringing ...

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