Migration and Western Europe: The Old World Turning New

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Science  04 Sep 1987:
Vol. 237, Issue 4819, pp. 1183-1188
DOI: 10.1126/science.237.4819.1183


The 1960s meant a historical turn of Western Europe, becoming an immigration area. Net immigration has been concentrated to some of the prosperous Western European countries and has been mainly determined by the demand of their particular national labor regimes. The size of alien employment has been very differently affected by the 1973 crisis, but a multiethnical society will remain a novel feature of most Western European countries. Political abdication from full employment and technological change makes a ghetto of un(der)employment a likely prospect of a large part of the second generation of recent immigrants into Western Europe.