Pavel Barsa

Associate Professor of Political Science, Charles University Prague
2004 Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Fellow

 

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National Identities and Migration Policies

Rather than to invite strangers of different origin to share a common future, as the immigrant nation (ideally) does, the societies of Western Europe still prefer to ground their common political identity in their own national origins, and, consequently, invite only those strangers who may contribute to this predefined project. But even this half-opening seems to be too much for the post-communist countries which have recently joined the EU. Only recently have they recovered their national sovereignty which they conceive in ethnic terms. So far, these countries have had difficulties in accommodating even their own "old" minorities.
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