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1 Have multicultural policies impeded integration of ethnic minorities? A generational perspective Anthony Heath University of Manchester Neli Demireva University of Oxford

2 What the politicians say “Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and apart from the mainstream” (Cameron 2011) Britain is “sleepwalking to segregation” (Trevor Phillips, head of the EHRC, 2005) “The tendency had been to say ‘Let’s adopt the multikulti concept and live happily side by side, and be happy to be living with each other’, but this concept has failed, and failed utterly” (Merkel 2010) Multiculturalism has failed in Europe, and has proven to be as harmful as the assimilationst approach it replaced (Council of Europe, 2008)


4 What some academics say “Multicultural policies – which grant immigrants easy access to equal rights and do not provide strong incentives for host-country language acquisition and interethnic contacts – when combined with a generous welfare state … display relatively poor integration outcomes. Countries that either had more restrictive or assimilationist integration policies or a relatively lean welfare state have achieved better integration results.” (Koopmans 2010)

5 A rival view “Multiculturalism provides a locus for the high level of mutual identification among native-born citizens and immigrants in Canada … The fact that Canada has officially defined itself as a multicultural nation means that immigrants are a constituent part of the nation that citizens feel pride in, so multiculturalism helps native-born citizens to link national identity to solidarity with immigrants and minorities. And, conversely, multiculturalism provides a link by which immigrants and minorities come to identify with, and feel pride in, Canada” (Kymlicka 2010)

6 So what is multiculturalism? A normative political theory maintaining the inadequacy of standard liberal principles in the face of cultural diversity. Not only individuals but also communities need to have rights (Lord Parekh, Rethinking Multiculturalism). Organizations should therefore be encouraged “to devise policies that promote diversity as well as equality … and to stress that the country is both a community of citizens and a community of communities, both a liberal and a plural society” (Report of the Commission on the future of multi- ethnic Britain)

7 MCP Index (Banting and Kymlicka) 1.Official affirmation of multiculturalism 2.Adoption of multiculturalism in school curricula 3.Inclusion of ethnic representation in licensing of public media 4.Exemptions from dress codes 5.Allowing of dual citizenship 6.Funding of ethnic organizations to support cultural activities 7.Funding of bilingual education or mother-tongue teaching 8.Affirmative action for disadvantaged groups

8 Some queries about MCPs Affirmative action – some forms of affirmative action (which do not involve quotas) could be justified under straightforward liberal principles to remedy discrimination (cf Brian Barry ‘the muddles of multiculturalism’) Faith schools - some policies, eg Swedish independent schools, unintentionally permit minorities to establish their own faith schools. Is this multiculturalism or simply extending same rights to minorities as to other established groups?

9 MC needs to be distinguished from Assimilationist regimes (eg France) with limitations on freedom to practice own culture Classic liberalism with freedom to practice own culture and anti-discrimination measures Plural/pillarized regimes where there are parallel structures covering economic and political as well as cultural institutions. These are not multicultural but segmented societies (eg BiH) i.e. a spectrum ranging from assimilationist to segmented regimes with multiculturalism lying in between

10 MCP index 1980-2010 198020002010 Canada 5 7.5 7.5 Denmark 0 0.5 0 France 1 2 2 Netherlands 2.5 5.5 2 Sweden 3 5 7 Switzerland 0 1 1 UK 2.5 5.5 5.5

11 Britain – a ‘thin’ version of multiculturalism 1.Lukewarm official affirmation of multiculturalism – Swann report 2.Limited adoption of multiculturalism in school curricula 3.No inclusion of ethnic representation in licensing of public media 4.Exemptions from dress codes, especially for Sikhs 5.Allows dual citizenship 6.Limited funding of ethnic organizations to support cultural activities 7.Limited funding of bilingual education or mother-tongue teaching 8.Weak affirmative action for disadvantaged groups

12 What outcomes do critics object to? Inability to communicate in host-country language (Merkel) Segregated communities (Phillips, Cameron) Lack of economic and political participation (Koopmans) Failure to adopt liberal western values and maintenance of illiberal practices, eg forced marriages (Cameron) Crime, extremism and home-grown terrorism (Cameron)

13 And what do supporters claim? Multiculturalism encourages take-up of citizenship and hence political participation Promotes educational and occupational success promotes dual identities, eg as both Canadian and minority, and national pride Encourages pro-minority attitudes among majority group too. (Kymlicka 2010)

14 Our empirical approach Key test is attitudes and behaviour of the second generation – not surprising if first generation have difficulty learning English, retain identification with origin country or remain encapsulated in the ethnic community Key worry of critics is ‘home-grown’ terrorism among the second generation Hence need to look at direction of generational change

15 An important caveat Very difficult to determine whether outcomes (good or bad) are actually caused by the MCPs. Rigorous policy evaluation is very difficult – requires pre/post designs not cross-sectional ones But can ask whether groups that have been granted more protection for cultural practices (eg Sikhs) have integrated less than groups not seeking or granted cultural protection (Caribbeans) cf Statham and Koopmans

16 Outcomes we can look at Citizenship Language Social segregation Political participation Democratic values Identities Support for violent protests

17 The data The 2010 Ethnic Minority British Election Survey (EMBES) Thanks to the ESRC for their generous funding of the study To the Electoral Commission for their support and partnership To TNS-BMRB (Nick Howat, Oliver Norden, Emily Pickering) for their work on design and fieldwork To our Advisory Board - Irene Bloemraad, John Curtice, Harry Goulbourne, Chris Myant, Maajid Nawaz, Lucinda Platt, Peter Riddell, Shamit Saggar, Will Somerville, David Voas

18 Design 1 Stand-alone survey rather than a booster to the main BES (ie separate sample design etc) Nationally-representative probability sample Clustered, stratified design with over-sampling in high EM density areas and exclusion of lowest density areas (< 2% EM) PAF used as sample frame LSOAs were the PSUs (unlike main BES) Initial screening of addresses

19 Design 2 30,000 addresses issued for screening In 620 PSUs £20 conditional incentive offered to participants 50 minute questionnaire, administered by CAPI with a self-completion module for confidential items Around half items exact replications of those in main BES Short mailback questionnaire

20 Response 2787 respondents in total (including some from mixed and other backgrounds who had been indicated as belonging to one of the 5 target groups at screening) Response rate of 58 – 62% (depending on method of treating those with unknown ethnicity from the screening exercise) Poor response to mailback – 975 returned

21 Sample characteristics EMBES BES White British 0 3126 Other white 0 57 Mixed 113 32 Indian 587 52 Pakistani 668 17 Bangladeshi 270 8 Black Caribbean 598 31 Black African 525 38 Other 26 59

22 % having British citizenship

23 % speaking English well

24 % with half or more friends from a different ethnic background

25 % feeling equally/more British than ethnic

26 % agreeing that it is one’s duty to vote

27 Validated turnout

28 Support for violent protest

29 Don’t oversimplify the story Clear evidence of generational change in the direction of integration with respect to  Citizenship  Language  Social relationships  British identity But some change in the opposite direction with respect to  Turnout  Support for violent protest  Duty to vote

30 Qualified optimism In the case of several outcomes, such as language, citizenship, democratic commitment and participation, all groups are fully integrated by the second generation But some ethnic differences remain – lower social integration among Pakistanis and Bangladeshis but lower identificational assimilation among Black groups

31 Some first reflections Positive changes are ones where starting values in 1 st generation were relatively low and have since converged with the British pattern Negative changes are ones where 1 st generation showrf relatively high support for democracy, and again have tended to converge with the British level So overall picture is of gradual convergence with established British patterns

32 Might the changes be due to MCPs? British MCP interventions weak so it would be surprising if they had had much effect What might we have expected in the absence of MCPs? Gradual convergence? Changes appear to have been at least as large among South Asian groups (albeit from lower starting points) as among Black groups so doubtful if MCPs have had any impact

33 Can we discount alternative theories? Exclusion and discrimination by the White majority group might also be expected to reduce rates of convergence Black groups are particularly likely to feel excluded and to experience relative deprivation, and this is a more plausible explanation of their disaffection Cultural preferences, especially with regard to social segregation, cannot be ruled out

34 Logistic regression 1 (Average marginal effects)

35 Logistic regression 2 (Average marginal effects)

36 In conclusion Multiculturalism has not failed utterly in Britain – MCPs have not prevented convergence with British patterns Convergence has proceeded at similar rates for all ethno- religious groups Some features of second generations – continuing social segregation – are consistent with the critics’ claims, though critics tend to oversimplify findings into exaggerated ‘stylized facts’. Best guess is that MCPs have been very weak and have made little difference either way A better focus of policy interventions would be the continued discrimination and exclusion by the majority group

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