Immigration and the Open Society

The Normative Patterns of Membership in the Nation State
  • Mathias Bös
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 9)


Immigration is increasingly seen as a problem for open societies. The “exploding numbers” and the “decline in quality” of immigration are common themes. Mass media are depicting a world full of poor people sitting on their suitcases waiting for a chance to come to the prosperous centers of our global economy. Potential immigrants are pictured as eager to take “our” homes and jobs or even worse, profit from “our” welfare system without having to contribute to it — in other words immigrants are suspected of craving for an easy life on “our” costs.


Ethnic Identity International Migration Public Sphere Institutional Setting Asylum Seeker 
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