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Creating an Integrated Society, Managing Diversity and Human Rights in Europe

Creating an Integrated Society, Managing Diversity and Human Rights in Europe Merja Pentikäinen* I. The Topical Issue of Integration Developments since the beginning of the twentieth century in Europe, including the redrawing of state boundaries after the two World Wars and the Cold War, as well as growing immigration, have resulted in the creation of increasingly multicultural and multiethnic societies in Europe. The demographic change brought particularly by migration has not, however, taken place without problems, since immigration, especially on a large scale, almost unavoidably creates tensions or `shocks' in societies due to its transformative force producing profound and also unanticipated changes in receiving societies and in inter-group relations within them. This increasingly multicultural and multiethnic reality has also triggered high levels of discomfort among Europeans, and the beginning of the new Millennium has been characterized by the persistence and * ** LL D., researcher and consultant in international law. This chapter is based on the author's extensive research relating to her doctoral dissertation on the question of integration in the area of international human rights. The research analyzes international human rights norms from the viewpoint of integration and looks in detail into the remarks on integration of the three expert bodies discussed also in this article. The research http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Creating an Integrated Society, Managing Diversity and Human Rights in Europe

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright 2008 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1570-7865
eISSN
2211-6117
DOI
10.1163/22116117-90000076
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Abstract

Merja Pentikäinen* I. The Topical Issue of Integration Developments since the beginning of the twentieth century in Europe, including the redrawing of state boundaries after the two World Wars and the Cold War, as well as growing immigration, have resulted in the creation of increasingly multicultural and multiethnic societies in Europe. The demographic change brought particularly by migration has not, however, taken place without problems, since immigration, especially on a large scale, almost unavoidably creates tensions or `shocks' in societies due to its transformative force producing profound and also unanticipated changes in receiving societies and in inter-group relations within them. This increasingly multicultural and multiethnic reality has also triggered high levels of discomfort among Europeans, and the beginning of the new Millennium has been characterized by the persistence and * ** LL D., researcher and consultant in international law. This chapter is based on the author's extensive research relating to her doctoral dissertation on the question of integration in the area of international human rights. The research analyzes international human rights norms from the viewpoint of integration and looks in detail into the remarks on integration of the three expert bodies discussed also in this article. The research

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2006

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