Friday, March 17, 2006

In the name of integration

Those that thought up the concept of active immigrant integration thought they'd had a moment of genius. Let's look at the intelligence behind it.
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What governments do to "integrate" immigrant communities
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The UK version: You take a Britishness test that most British people (citizens and residents) would fail appallingly because of ambiguity and lack of relevance (to your daily life and ability to contribute to the country from a social and economic standpoint). I had a quick glance at the "standard" of questions and found a good (bad) example:
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Q: "In the UK, how often do parents give their children pocket money:
a) Never
b) When they're good
c) Once a week"
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This is a question in which all the answers are correct and wrong. But just in case you'll be taking the test soon, apparently the correct answer is (b). I am thoroughly flabbergasted. Surely the perceived correct answer to the above question depends on an individual's personal context. For example:
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a) you're a broke parent
b) you're a rich parent, or
c) you're a tight-fisted parent

An example test can be found on the BBC website: "would you get a British passport?".

The US version: Profiling galore. Leave behind a retina scan, DNA sample, stool sample, piss sample, fingerprint, footprint, toeprint, probably even a print of you buttock cheeks, blood sample, probably even a sperm and ovum sample so that if any of your offspring turn out to be criminals, they'll know which immigrant spawned them (other than checking the respective criminal's birth certificate).
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The Dutch version: Show a movie of naked women and homosexuality to potential Muslim immigrants, to make sure they understand the Netherlands is about tolerance.
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More accounts of genius coming soon...

2 Comments:

Blogger Milonare said...

Hi Curious

Doing the rounds of KBW and picked your site...

Ati leave behind a print of your butt cheeks? LOL ROTFL

Aki that one floored me Hehehehehe

Sunday, March 19, 2006 2:09:00 pm  
Blogger Ken said...

Ok the US one just had me bursting my lungs.
check out http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/stepan4 for some insight on the french side of things.

Thursday, June 29, 2006 7:48:00 am  

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