Several leading European politicians have now declared the multicultural project dead and impossible to implement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has concluded that the "so-called 'multikulti' concept — where people would 'live side-by-side' happily — did not work" (BBC, 17. October 2010). Merkel said straight out that the attempt to build a multicultural society has "utterly failed". British prime minister David Cameron (BBC, 5 Feb 2011) and French president Nicolas Sarkozy (The Telegraph, 11 Feb 2011) quickly followed suit and declared multiculturalism a "failed" effort. Cameron added that the "UK needed a stronger national identity" and Sarkozy argued that "We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him."
As a psychologist who has had hundreds of immigrants as clients, my conclusion is that the multicultural society will always fail because it is contrary to the fundamental psychological principles that are needed for building healthy communities. This basic psychological principle concerns identity — national identity. As quoted above, Cameron and Sarkozy reached the same conclusion.