Immigration #2

           It was interesting to learn about the reactions of Americans throughout history to immigration. When people immigrated from Europe in the 1920s, Americans had very similar negative reactions as they do today to the growing number of immigrants, causing the government to create stricter policies and the citizens to discriminate against the outsiders.  A lot of those who benefit in some ways economically from immigration also have to sacrifice in other areas. Although increased immigration may raise taxes, immigrants are paid less for labor resulting in cheaper goods for sale, so people end up saving money on some things while paying more for others. It was also interesting that some people solely benefit from immigration, being able to use cheaper labor in their businesses. The jobs immigrants take in some places are considered the jobs denied by Americans for being too much work, bad conditions, or low pay, but then in places without immigrants Americans work these same jobs. Also, immigrants often move into cities where there are more job opportunities, so the people who would accept those jobs in rural areas could be able to deny them in urban communities.

        I also found it interesting that globalists and nationalists are divided on much more than just immigration. The disagreements stretch to looking at the world as a whole and either wanting to have an integrated world or completely divide into unrelated countries. In the mid-20th century, a lot of countries were for globalization, but they overreached, by forming international agreements that negatively impacted their countries’ economies. For example, America’s agreement with China in 2000 resulted in a significant loss of American jobs as the jobs were moved overseas to China. Again Americans were able to buy cheaper goods, but a certain part of the population lost their entire income. This caused many countries to move to a more nationalistic view, dividing them from the countries that supported globalism. After Europe had worked to globalize by creating the EU in the late 1900s, the negative cultural and economic impacts caused countries to move towards nationalism with Britain recently leaving the union.   

Even within countries those for globalism are likely for immigration as well, wanting the countries to all work together, while others who are against immigration for fear of losing their culture or jobs, would be more in favor of nationalism, advocating for their country to be separate from others, and not wanting to work together. Countries like America often allow immigration, but they encourage the immigrants to assimilate into the native culture, changing more people to be like them, instead of joining with different cultures and countries.


4 thoughts on “Immigration #2

  1. Hi Lucy,
    I really liked your blog post, and I found that you made a lot of interesting points about immigration and job loss. The agreement with China did lead to the unemployment of five million Americans, but over the past 17 years. These jobs were moved to China because they focused more on technology and cheaper wages. Overall I think that you made great points about the separation of nationalists and globalists as well as immigration.


    1. Thanks for commenting! That is a good point about how the US moved jobs over to China over such a long time. It was such a gradual change, but now it seems so extreme. Since it did happen over such a long time, it is interesting to think about how they could have stopped moving the jobs over at a certain point and still benefit the economy and the American people.


  2. I really enjoyed reading about the economy and immigration. I liked your point about the EU, it reminds me of one of the reasons for Brexit was that Britain was worried about immigrants from Poland and Eastern Europe taking their jobs, developing the whole be more British type idea. Which you mentioned in talking about how the “negative cultural and economic impacts” that drove Britain to leave the EU. This makes me make the connection between the US and Britain, that both countries are developing an xenophobic perspective, While desiring a more nationalistic country. In Britain I feel that it’s less about race and more about your nationality and what country your coming from. I also feel that it was mostly the older generation that wanted Brexit and the younger generation that didn’t. The older generation had lived in a England that didn’t have many immigrants as it does today and they wanted it to stay like that but the younger generation grew up to accept everyone and anything, therefore welcoming change more than the older generation would have. I also felt that in England most of the people who voted for Brexit lived in rural areas and therefore were less connected to the world.


  3. Thanks for commenting! That is a good point about how similar Britain and the US are. That is interesting how in Britain it is more based a nationality than race. It seems in the case of the US and Britain that the lack of education and awareness of other countries and different ethnicities leads to the xenophobic beliefs, since it is the older people who were not exposed to immigrants and people in rural areas who are more isolated who do not support immigration.


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