Immigrants And Immigration

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Immigration remains a leading foreign and domestic policy issue in Europe. With political tensions between polarized sides on immigration remaining during Brexit talks, Britain faces tough issues moving forward on immigration. Fueling one side of this debate are the nationalists and nativists, those who argue that Britain should protect its dominant culture and traditions against foreigners, including those who have already pervaded Britain. While on the surface this issue most prominently impacts political affairs, there are deep underlying impacts to individual immigrant families. Growing nationalism has led to increased xenophobia and racial and religious intolerance. The illusory vision of a thriving, but imperialistic, Britain of centuries past is providing the shaky groundwork for a cultural movement of exclusivity and protectionism. Just as xenophobic attitudes are stoking this movement, the movement is reciprocating by bolstering these attitudes and carving a new generation of exclusivity. For immigrants remaining in and entering Britain, promises of assimilation on one hand and the preservation of cultural identity on the other are being thwarted. Explored in this paper are the difficulties and capacities facing immigrant families in Britain, especially in relation to cultural adaptation, assimilation, and identity. European families have faced major cultural changes in the past several centuries (Treas, Scott, and Richards, 2017). Immigration has diversified
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