Is the U.S. Better at Assimilating Immigrants Than Europe?

Since the rise of the Islamic State in 2014, the United States and Europe have seen a dramatic increase in the number of terror attacks and attempted attacks perpetrated in the name of Islam. Concurrently, the migrant crisis has brought a massive flood of immigrants to Europe from Muslim-majority countries, which has resulted in a rise in sexual assaults, among other things. The combination of these two phenomena has launched a debate about Muslim immigration and whether Europe is able and equipped to assimilate such a large influx of newcomers. That conversation has also spread to the United States as fears of terrorism continue.

Europe’s experience with Muslim immigration is, of course, vastly different than America’s, where assimilation of immigrant populations into mainstream society has been more successful. There are a number of reasons for this, all of which should give Americans confidence and provide an example for Europe to emulate as it grapples with the migrant crisis.

An armed citizenry is a big help…

  • Alain

    More successful? I don’t think so. Just because more haven’t yet cut loose does not mean they assimilated in the least. It always comes back to the numbers game. In places in the US where there is a higher percentage of Muslims, they have the same problem as in Europe. Furthermore, both in the US and Canada there is a lot more of stealth jihad taking place. Some examples are law fare and insertion into government, government institutions and politics.

    • Bataviawillem

      You beat me, it is a numbers game, France 9-10% muslim U.S. under 2% canada 3-4% and there were theye concentrat like Dearborn, jane and finch and little mogadishu In T.O. it is unpleasant to live for people of European descent.

    • krystal10

      Also, they are marrying Infidel women and therefore producing Muslim-born children. Big problem.

  • Dana Garcia

    This article is largely based on a recent Pew poll, and that bunch is pretty liberal but have outdone themselves on their assimilation analysis. A Vdare blog noticed that the 150-page Pew report asked nothing about sharia or polygamy — topics that reveal quite a bit about how much the muslims have accepted western values.

    • Alain

      So another completely worthless poll.

      • Bataviawillem

        Correct, it’s cherries compared to jackfruit, not even apples and oranges.

      • Dana Garcia

        Misleading even.

        • Alain

          That was probably the objective.

  • jack burns

    We still haven’t assimilated the Africans in Chicago, Baltimore, etc.

  • canminuteman

    Europe is still inhabited by its aboriginal people, so it’s an unfair comparison. What is happening to Europe now is akin to what happened to the new world when the Europeans showed up, and the end result will likely be the same. What are the odds they’ll learn from history?

    • Alain

      Those odds get slimmer by the minute.