Let’s Talk: Has the multiculturalism experiment officially failed?

An Australian political scientist has claimed that “multiculturalism has never been more assailed by the reality of its failings”. Jennifer

An Australian political scientist has claimed that “multiculturalism has never been more assailed by the reality of its failings”. Jennifer Oriel has pointed towards huge challenges facing Europe, and given everyday Australians lots to think about.

Yesterday, ten Europeans were killed in Turkey by a suicide bomber. The perpetrator was of Syrian origin and appears to have been a clandestine ISIS member. Meanwhile, New Year’s Eve allegedly saw scores of women in Germany become victims of sexual assault, at the hands of asylum-seekers and illegal immigrants.

For political scientists like Jennifer Oriel, this rising tide of violence proves that multiculturalism is unachievable. “Europe ushered in 2015 by opening borders”, she said. “The mass violence on New Year’s Eve committed by asylum-seekers welcomed through open borders has shattered the dream”.

Jennifer Oriel has accused Western politicians of naively believing that all immigrants can assimilate into our culture. She believes politicians too often say, “open the borders and they will come, offer social democracy and they will ­integrate, teach Enlightenment and liberalism will flourish”.

Unfortunately reality seems to be quite the opposite. Jennifer Oriel says anyone who discusses their concerns about multiculturalism is quickly branded as racist. “To be for multiculturalism means being pro-diversity, an advocate of open society, and fashionably cosmopolitan where it matters”, explains Ms Oriel.

“To question multiculturalism is to cast oneself down into the pit of modern society, somewhere between Mussolini’s ghost and the tobacco-chewing rednecks of the (historical) South. When public debate is framed in such extreme terms, there is little room for reality and the vital checks it offers to runaway idealism”.

Ms Oriel believes that politicians need to be more realistic in their approach to multiculturalism: “The mass violence committed by asylum-seekers and illegal immigrants on New Year’s Eve should provoke a more rational approach to cultural diversity and security policy across the West”.

“Only a few months ago, (European) leaders were defending open border policy as the zenith of multiculturalism”, said Ms Oriel. “Blinded by faith, they ignored reality as Islamists made their way into Europe, unleashing jihadism against its citizens”.

With Europe in crisis, Australians might be well-advised to weigh up multiculturalism as an ongoing policy. Jennifer Oriel says, “political leaders must reckon with reality if cultural (diversity) is to survive”.

Do you agree with this political scientist’s viewpoints? Do you think that multiculturalism has failed in Europe? Can Australia keep this idea alive?

  1. It is a fight between my head and my heart. I wish there were easy answers, but I don’t believe there are. At the moment our govt approach of admitting families, with a Christian background seems a cautionary way to proceed…. But please shut down Manus and Nauru.

  2. Multiculturalism fails because of ignorance and fear bred by politicians and media outlets that emphasise difference. Difference is not a good or bad thing, it is simply difference. If we were all identical imagine how dull life would be.

    • Robyn rylands  

      I agree with you. One mistake that has been made is the tarring of all Muslims with the ISIS brush. Abbott did nothing to tone this down in fact he made it worse. Muslims have been in Australia for ever. Perhaps people don’t realise that the Ghan train is named after the afghani Muslims who were in Australia.

  3. Multiculturalism is in crisis currently. It has worked in Australia with the Greeks and the Italians and the Chinese – but now since radical Islam is spreading it’s tentacles it seems have become a problem.

    • Ray Cumberland  

      You are referring to Greeks, Italians, Chinese etcetera. The BIG difference is that they are not MUSLIM. Islam know only one thing Take Over, once we are in your country we have invaded it, it is now ours and we have the right to rape and pillage as we please. These people have been brainwashed since birth, the girls suffer the mutilation of genitalia so they can never enjoy sex. It this what you want for Australia?

  4. No we only focus on the negative effects there is a majority of people who don’t have a problem

  5. If multiculturalism has failed where does that place religion?Seems like every lunatic who wants to kill people is waving a flag and praising god.

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