Saturday, November 12, 2005

The Economist on France's Mess

The Economist, one of the world's top magazines, comes through with a comprehensive package on the mess in France. First, they point not at the alienation of Muslims, but instead say France's bigger concern is the economic isolation of its immigrant population, especially hurt by massive unemployment. It stands at 10 percent but is twice as much and often even higher among immigrants and their children.

Second, they say that most EU countries fail at what the U.S. succeeded: integrating its immigrants so that the second and third generations become full citizens of their new homeland instead of being radicalized against it. Again, it's mainly economic reasons: "Unemployment among legal immigrants in America is negligible, and business ownership is off the scale compared with Europe."

The Economist Special Report: France's riots - An underclass rebellion (Sorry, subscription required)

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