Vol. 2 No. 3 (2012)
Insiders e Outsiders. Società locali e processi migratori

New Challenges for an Open Society

Published 2016-11-23


  • Immigration,
  • Integration,
  • Citizenship,
  • Conflict,
  • Islam

How to Cite

Scheffer, P. (2016). New Challenges for an Open Society. Cambio. Rivista Sulle Trasformazioni Sociali, 2(3), 37–50. https://doi.org/10.13128/cambio-19449


The movement of peoples over the past few decades had a considerable impact. Immigration today is profoundly different from the displacement of populations in the past centuries: it really is the most visible aspect of globalization, which gives many people a sense that their familiar world is vanishing. The subject of immigration and integration – and therefore of citizenship – creates uncertainty because it affects so many areas of life: education systems, welfare provision, constitutional rights such as freedom of expression. Natives and newcomers often seem far apart, and there is a diffuse inability of receiving societies to find ways of dealing with immigrants. In the latter end of the article, the author examines how the conflicts surrounding migration can bring about a renewal of society as a whole, leading the way for an open society.


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