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Europe’s Big Gamble on Immigration

By Rana Foroohar

Migrants could be the key to a stronger economy

America was born a nation of immigrants. Modern Europe, much less so. Its history–at least over the past few hundred years–is one of countries built on comparatively homogeneous national cultures. The creation of the European Union has been a marvel of benevolent globalization in the sense that it brought together 28 of those nations into an economic and political alliance. While the European debt crisis has challenged the future of that union, it hasn’t yet doomed it. Now, with the great migration, Europe faces a bigger crisis still–and it’s one with profound implications for its culture and its economy.

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