Project Syndicate: The EU, in order to survive, needs to welcome and integrate immigrants

NEW YORK (Project Syndicate) — The refugee crisis in Europe was already pushing the European Union toward disintegration when, on June 23, it helped drive the British to vote to Brexit the EU.

The refugee crisis and the Brexit calamity that it spawned have reinforced xenophobic, nationalist movements that will seek to win a series of upcoming votes — including national elections in France, the Netherlands, and Germany in 2017, a referendum in Hungary on the EU refugee policy on Oct. 2, and a rerun of the Austrian presidential election on Dec. 4.

Rather than uniting to resist this threat, EU member states have become increasingly unwilling to cooperate with one another.

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