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De multiculturele herverdelingsstaat

Over gelijkheid en solidariteit in de multiculturele samenleving

Keywords multiculturalism, socio-economic equality, social cohesion, solidarity, welfare state
Authors François Levrau
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François Levrau
François Levrau is doctor in de Sociale Wetenschappen en als senior onderzoeker verbonden aan het Centrum voor Migratie en Interculturele Studies van de Universiteit Antwerpen.
  • Abstract

      For many reasons multiculturalism has become a convenient punching bag. One of the criticisms is that multiculturalism undermines social cohesion and therefore erodes the basis for a redistribution policy. Closely related to this critique is that multiculturalism pushes immigrants into unemployment and makes them dependent on the welfare state. In this article, both criticisms are evaluated. We clarify why multiculturalism does not necessarily undermine the (support for) welfare state nor impede the socioeconomic equality of immigrants. What is needed and what remains necessary is the outline of a multicultural welfare state.

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