This thematic area covers a wide range of issues wherein the primary focus will be the study of, and interrelation of, immigration/multiculturalism and social policy. Both Canada and the EU face challenges relating to social exclusion, integration and marginalization amongst immigrants and youth. The research group aims to disseminate Canada's approaches towards multicultural, citizenship, and immigration policies in order to provide Europeans with nuanced insights for incorporating immigrant groups into society. Additionally, this thematic area encompasses issues relating to recognition, shifting demographic and economic inclusion patterns, as well as the welfare state.
The anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant backlash: how the radical right seeks to take advantage of the Paris attacks
November 16, 2015 - by Dr. Oliver Schmidtke, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria
After the horrific attacks in Paris, France is in a state of shock. French President Hollande has said that France stands united; yet any sense of unity seems to be fading fast. While the country is still in mourning, first statements by France’s leading politicians provide a sense of how the issue of the attacks and the threat by ISIS will become a central issue in electoral politics. In particular the radical right in Europe is poised to benefit from the Paris attacks. In France Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National, has declared that the country needs to "annihilate" Islamist radicals, expel dangerous “foreigners” and “illegal migrants”, close “radical mosques”, ban Islamist organization and regain control of its borders “for good” (challenging core policies of the European Union).
Poland’s move to the right: social policies and the relationship with Europe under the newly elected government of Law and Justice
September 22 2015 - by Dr. Elena Pnevmonidou, University of Victoria
Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Syriza Party, achieved a decisive victory in the Greek national election that will enable him to secure a majority government in coalition with his former partner, the nationalist right-of-centre Anel Party. In doing so, Tsipras defied the predictions of polls that consistently placed him either in a deadlock with the conservative New Democrat Party or even trailing behind. Yesterday’s election results are remarkable indeed. For one, Tsipras ran on a platform that one might call the diametrical opposite of the populist anti-austerity platform that secured his landslide victory in the January 2015 election.
September 15 2015 - by Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, Director of the European Union Centre of Excellence & Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, University of Victoria
This current migration crisis represents the worst humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War; it is forcing Europeans to face their past and future issues; and the decisions they make will either give way to xenophobic ills or rejuvenate the 21st century Europe.
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