As a perk for receiving the early career award from the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, I was asked to write a paper for their journal, Dialogue. I thought I’d pick something a bit provocative, so chose to write up some research I’ve been doing on the negative impacts of ethnic and linguistic diversity.
On balance, I think that immigration and diversity are beneficial for Australia. Immigration supplements our labour market with much-needed skills, it weaves new threads into our cultural tapestry, it gives us a better sense of the world around us, and it brings us new restaurants, and new products, that we would not have tried otherwise. But the evidence suggests to me that diversity is also likely to lead to lower levels of interpersonal trust, and may undermine support for the traditional Australian welfare state. And I think that social democrats ignore these factors at their peril.
The whole piece is only a couple of thousand words long, and has a few pretty pictures to make the point, so download it here if you’re interested.