July 5, 2006
A fascinating article in the International Herald Tribune examines the impact of immigration on the World Cup soccer tournament currently being held in Germany. The World Cup, like the Olympics, is a competition among national teams: this week’s semi-final contests were Germany vs. Italy and France vs. Portugal. The composition of these national teams, however, reflects the reality of increasing immigration in a global society and, indeed, the growing competition for immigrants in the face of rising global competitiveness. As such, the World Cup soccer tournament is a compelling microcosm of the 21st century’s global reality.