Antje Ellermann: What Drives a Country’s Openness to Immigration

As the United States Congress grapples with immigration issues again, as though the word again need no longer be added, a scholar on immigration recently published a comparison of four countries that looked at why immigration debates are vastly different in four seemingly similar countries—the United States, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland. As an immigrant herself, Dr. Antje Ellermann was the …

Interview with Ruud Koopmans: Understanding Muslim Immigration to Europe

“[Historically,] Islamic societies were actually more advanced, more liberal, and more tolerant than Western societies. So, there is nothing intrinsic to Islam that explains these problems.”   Every country that welcomes immigrants must ask fundamental questions about who will be allowed in and who will be excluded. Prior to the pandemic of 2020, global migration was greater than at any …

Why Trust Prevents Nations from Tearing Themselves Apart

“The last time a leading Danish politician was murdered was 1286. It’s not war with your foreign enemies [that matters]; it’s internally, in political stability.”   The backbone of a happy, healthy society is rooted in how much its citizens trust one another. If one place in the world could teach a few things about creating a peaceful society, it …

Why can’t we criticize ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ dogma? A conversation with Mark Hecht

In September 2019, Mount Royal University instructor Mark Hecht wrote an op-ed for the Vancouver Sun titled “Ethnic diversity harms social trust, economic wellbeing, argues instructor,” which cited research showing the link between highly diverse societies and lower social trust. Hecht and the Vancouver Sun were immediately mobbed and smeared on social media, resulting in the Sun unpublishing Hecht’s article …