David McWilliams: Why Ireland leads in tolerance towards immigrants

Despite the global political mood, we are becoming a more welcoming nation

The main force driving nativism on the continent, as during the Brexit referendum, is immigration. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/ AFP/Getty Images

The main force driving nativism on the continent, as during the Brexit referendum, is immigration. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/ AFP/Getty Images

Is Brexit the new normal? By this I don’t mean simply the act of leaving the EU, but more the quixotic political cocktail of nostalgia, anti-immigration and the impulse to seal off borders from cosmopolitan influences in favour of nativist urges?

All over Europe, from the Swedish Democrats and True Finns in the north to the Northern League in Italy in the south, from the Brexiteers in the west to Orban’s Hungary in the east, the forces of populism are evident and they are not going away.

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