“Old” natives and “new” immigrants: beyond territory and history in 
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“Old” natives and “new” immigrants: beyond territory and history in Kymlicka's account of group-rights
“Old” natives and “new” immigrants: beyond territory and history in Kymlicka's account of group-rights

Author(s): Darian Heim
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Economy, Geography, Regional studies
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Kymlicka; immigrants; national minorities; history; territory

Summary/Abstract: According to Will Kymlicka, only historically and territorially bound “national” groups can engage in a “nation-building” process. Recently arrived immigrant groups cannot, as they have neither been able nor willing to do so. In this paper I argue, first, that such empirical facts are insufficient for the normative conclusions Kymlicka defends; and second, that if his ultimate goal is to achieve better “terms of integration” for immigrants, he cannot deny them the right to attempt their own “nation-building”. As an illustration, the paper describes Kymlicka's own thought-experiment of Chinese immigrants in Canada pursuing a nation-building-process equivalent to the Québécois. It explores how criteria for advocating group rights other than history and territory – merit, participation, or need –avoid treating old and new minorities in an arbitrarily asymmetric manner.

  • Issue Year: 13/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 214-227
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English