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There is also a fantasy about demography: many Americans think that, in France, Arabs have more children than other groups. Its false: as soon as the second generation, French of foreign origin have the same fertility rate as those of metropolitan origin, and the immigration flow has been very low for decades, so the first generation of immigrants doesn't represent a lot of people.

Another, belief tends to think that the children stick to their parents' culture, religion and values which, in France is not true. The re-islamization of a small part of the young French of Arab origin is a new phenomenon due to their feeling of exclusion.

I wouldn't say that integration has failed. I see more and more people from Arab origin very well integrated. That doesn't mean it's enough: too many young (and less young) people from Arab (or African) origin still face widespread discrimination and there is a lot to be done to overcome it.


"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Fri Mar 2nd, 2007 at 09:18:26 AM EST

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