Immigration and diversity: they are the biggest, hottest, most painful issues in the Netherlands. America is the land of diversity. What is the secret to America’s approach? It’s a tiny thing: the hyphen. Everyone in the U.S. has a dual identity: Mexican-American, Italian-American, African-American…America tells newcomers: “Become American, join us…but don’t lose your origins!” Can America’s approach to diversity work for the Netherlands?
The John Adams institute hosted a day-long event on this topic which included speeches and remarks by then U.S. Ambassador Fay Hartog Levin, and then Dutch Minister for European Affairs Frans Timmermans. It also included a public keynote address by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.