There are certain realities in the world we just have to deal with. I don’t think there is any viable alternative to having pluralist diverse societies.
‘Multiculturalism’ is just a word, a word we place too much importance on. There is a heated debate in Germany on whether German society is multicultural or not. I don’t like this debate, because it implies that diversity and openness are optional. But what would be the alternative to multiculturalism? Monoethnic, German-only, white-only society or what? In fact, there is no alternative to multiculturalism in today’s world. I think that people have to understand that economic wellbeing is the other side of the coin: you cannot prosper economically if you do not open up society to immigration, to information flows, to different cultural influences. What all the global crises have taught us, is that we’re all in the same boat on this planet and that the nation state is maybe a concept that needs an overhaul, that needs to be done away with because it stands in the way of common solutions.


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