Talking AFP and refugees, including an opportunity to point out that the people who support more immigration and dismiss the idea that integration is problematic are generally not the people who bear the brunt of integrating them.
First published in The Spectator Australia, 26 March 2016
As Australia prepares to welcome 12,000 Syrian refugees, we should prepare by looking clearly and dispassionately at why multiculturalism in Australia has been a success and what we can do to ensure it remains one.
The fact of the matter is, the arrangement we term multiculturalism in Australia is not the arrangement it describes in other countries. Here we lean to integration – sometimes even assimilation – while Europe leans to separatism. Astoundingly, Australians appear unaware of the very material way in which our successful Australian “multiculturalism” differs from the failing European model.