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on 11 January 2015
Whilst we can reasonably ascertain that immigration slightly benefits our economy (with the exception of the working class) in the short term the same cannot be said of its social impact. Ed West relentlessly bombards the reader with facts, stories and quotes in trying to grapple with the consequences of immigration on the UK's social capital although he appears short sighted in this regard.
Evidently mass immigration has created tensions and unnecessary divisions between communities, which has hindered the assimilation of immigrants. Should we find a way to regulate immigration (so that we can maintain a manageable steady flow of immigrants) I expect we will be witness to the brilliance of diversity in a nation where we are not just tolerant but are accepting and appreciative of people from all backgrounds no matter what their culture, the colour of their skin or their choice of religion.
Unfortunately, the majority of this book is spent criticising diversity so that only the last chapter is left in which he proposes the steps that should be taken to solve `the diversity illusion.' I respect the breadth of Ed West's research although his sweeping statements alarm me. In particular I am concerned that he disapproves of the government's attempts to promote equality and that racism is a universal part of human nature.
I would recommend readers pick up a copy of Paul Collier's `Exodus' whose findings are based in sound reasoning rather than selective articles that fit neatly into one's biased perspective.