The arrival city exists on the outskirts of the metropolis, in the slums, or in the suburbs; the American version is New York’s Lower East Side of a century ago or today’s Herndon County, Virginia. These are the places where newcomers try to establish new lives and to integrate themselves socially and economically. Their goal is to build communities, to save and invest, and, hopefully, move out, making room for the next wave of migrants. For some, success is years away; for others, it will never come at all.
As vibrant places of exchange, arrival cities have long been indicators of social health. Whether it’s Paris in 1789 or Tehran in 1978, whenever migrant populations are systematically ignored, we should expect violence and extremism. But, as the award-winning journalist Doug Saunders demonstrates, when we make proper investments in our arrival cities—through transportation, education, security, and citizenship—a prosperous middle class develops.
Saunders takes us on a tour of these vital centers, from Maryland to Shenzhen, from the favelas of Rio to the shantytowns of Mumbai, from Los Angeles to Nairobi. He uncovers the stories—both inspiring and heartbreaking—of the people who live there, and he shows us how the life or death of our arrival cities will determine the shape of our future.
From the Hardcover edition.
Por primera vez en la historia, más personas viven en las ciudades que en el campo, y muchas de ellas se abarrotan en los arrabales de las ciudades. Este movimiento migratorio, el más grande de la historia, afecta de forma directa a un tercio de la población mundial; una gran oleada que está creando nuevos espacios urbanos, lo que Saunders ha acuñado como «ciudades de llegada», focos de conflicto y cambio, centros ocultos de actividad febril que reestructuran nuestras ciudades y transforman nuestras economías. De Estambul a Los Ángeles, de Varsovia a Shenzhen, Doug Saunders muestra cómo el éxito o el fracaso de estas inmensas comunidades surgidas en los márgenes de las ciudades tradicionales tienen un profundo efecto a escala local, regional y global.
Ciudad de llegada, que obtuvo el premio Donner al mejor libro de no ficción y fue finalista de los premios Lionel Gerber y Shaughnessy Cohen, es un fascinante recorrido por los lugares clave de esta migración final y explora las posibilidades, los riesgos y las dificultades inherentes al desarrollo de un nuevo orden mundial.
«Revolucionario. Ciudad de llegada está repleta de detalles reveladores y no puede ser más oportuno.»
The New York Times
«Una visión optimista y muy humana de la urbanización global. Esperemos que urbanistas y políticos presten atención.»
The Wall Street Journal
Since September 11, 2001, a growing chorus has warned that Western society and values are at risk of being overrun by a tide of Islamic immigrants. These sentiments reached their most extreme expression in July 2011, with Anders Breivik’s shooting spree in Norway. Breivik left behind a 1500 page manifesto denouncing the impact of Islam on the West, which showed how his thinking had been shaped by anti-immigrant writings that had appeared widely in books and respectable publications. In The Myth of the Muslim Tide, Doug Saunders offers a brave challenge to these ideas, debunking popular misconceptions about Muslims and their effect on the communities in which they live. He demonstrates how modern Islamophobia echoes historical responses to earlier immigrant groups, especially Jews and Catholics. Above all, he provides a set of concrete proposals to help absorb these newcomers and make immigration work. The most important trend of the twenty-first century will be a massive global migration to cities and across international borders. Rather than responding to our new religious-minority neighbours with fear and resentment, this book shows us how we can make this change work to our advantage.
Canada’s population has always grown slowly, when it has grown at all. That wasn’t by accident. For centuries before Confederation and a century after, colonial economic policies and an inward-facing world view isolated this country, attracting few of the people and building few of the institutions needed to sustain a sovereign nation. In fact, during most years before 1967, a greater number of people fled Canada than immigrated to it. Canada’s growth has faltered and left us underpopulated ever since.
At Canada’s 150th anniversary, a more open, pluralist and international vision has largely overturned that colonial mindset and become consensus across the country and its major political parties. But that consensus is ever fragile. Our small population continues to hamper our competitive clout, our ability to act independently in an increasingly unstable world, and our capacity to build the resources we need to make our future viable.
In Maximum Canada, a bold and detailed vision for Canada’s future, award-winning author and Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders proposes a most audacious way forward: to avoid global obscurity and create lasting prosperity, to build equality and reconciliation of indigenous and regional divides, and to ensure economic and ecological sustainability, Canada needs to triple its population.