Debating Europe: The Opportunities and Dangers of Immigration

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Burgtheater, Vienna, 21.03.2010 has been kindly supported by Digitalkameraverleih.

  • Krysztof Michalski (Institute for Human Science) – Bio


  • Seyla Benhabib ( Political Science and Philosophy, Yale University) – Bio
  • Giuliano Amato (former Prime Minister and  Interior Minister of Italy) – Bio
  • Armin Laschet (Minister for Intergenerational Affairs, Family, Women and Integration of North Rhine-Westphalia) – Bio
  • Roger Köppel (Editor-in-Chief of the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche) – Bio

United in Diversity – this is the motto of the European Union. It used to stand for the idea of forming an alliance of European countries while respecting the diversity of national cultures. In recent years, however, Europe no longer has to deal with the differences in its 27 member states only. It has turned from a continent of emigration to a preferred destination of the global flows of migration. Each year, more than 700.000 people take up residence in the member states of the EU. In spite of those numbers of immigrants, Europe refuses to perceive itself as a continent of immigration. People from countries outside the EU keep on facing tough asylum, residence and labour restrictions, xenophobia and right-wing violence. Apparently, Europe lacks diversity politics which regard cultural differences as a societal resource.

After the initial debate “Obama and the Europeans” on February 28, European immigration and integration politics is the focal point of the second debate “The Others Among Us: The Opportunities and Dangers of Immigration” on March 21st . On stage at the Vienna Burgtheater: former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato, American political scientist Seyla Benhabib, Roger Köppel, editor-in-chief of the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche and the Minister for Integration of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet. Krzysztof Michalski, Rector of the IWM will chair the discussion on the question where Europe is heading: diversity management or fortress Europe (

Series: Europa im Diskurs / Debating Europe

The Series Europa im Diskurs / Debating Europe is a cooperation of the Institute for Human Sciences, Der Standard, the ERSTE Stiftung and Burgtheater.



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