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date: 17 February 2019

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In Europe, there is a narrative of a crisis of multiculturalism. The narrative assumes Europeans have been too generous and tolerant towards immigrants; that illiberal immigrants, from predominately Muslim countries, have exploited that tolerance to institutionalize their own anti-Western value system; and that a crisis of multiculturalism emerged because such groups were unable and unwilling to integrate into liberal European countries, leading to polarization and segregation. The narrative then pushes for a political solution to alleged cultural conflicts and has serious, stigmatizing affects for Muslim immigrants. Taking Amsterdam as a case study, this chapter analyzes the effects on immigrants’ political participation.

Keywords: crisis of multiculturalism, civic turn, immigrants’, politics, political participation, the Netherlands, Amsterdam

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