Population and Immigration
This paper looks at the issues of population and immigration with a specific focus upon the United States.
# 101421 | 1,148 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2008 |
Published on Feb 25, 2008 in Sociology (General) , Ethnic Studies (General) , Political Science (General) , Hot Topics (General) , Hot Topics (Immigration)
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In this article, the writer looks at immigration and at its dramatic impact upon nations forced to grapple with a massive influx of newcomers. In particular, the paper looks at the political consequences of some ethnic and racial groups gaining ascendancy while others fall into relative eclipse. The writer also looks at how changes in the composition of the professional classes brought about by migratory inflows can precipitate hostility and resentment among the native-born. Additionally, the paper discusses how large-scale immigration can lead to transformations in social programs and policies and also to cultural transformations bearing with them significant political implications. Finally, the impact of immigration vis-a-vis crime levels is looked at - specifically as it pertains to the United States and its ongoing problem with illegal immigration. In the end, this paper concludes that the cultural and political dissonances produced by immigration can be curbed through acculturation, through strict enforcement of pre-existing immigration law, and through an end to divisive politics and policies that divide Americans along ethnic and racial lines.
From the Paper:"To begin with, it is fairly evident that immigration will shape the population of a country in ways that almost no other phenomenon can. For example, a nation with a declining birth rate among the native-born will invariably need to draw upon outsiders if it is to satiate the business community's demand for labor and if it is to find a sufficient base of tax-paying, full-time workers capable of subsidizing costly social programs. Suffice it to say, this influx can result in the absolute increase of some ethnic and racial groups along with a concomitant increase in their political efficacy; at the same time, other pre-existing groups within the host nation may see their relative share of the population decline and, along with it, their political influence decline. Unsurprisingly, there are those who fear that illegal immigrants - at least within the United States - can unduly impact congressional races simply because U.S. courts have traditionally taken the view that even illegal residents count when districts are being apportioned and gerrymandered. Still, as significant as these electoral matters are, they scarcely begin to describe the sweeping effect of immigration - legal and otherwise - upon recipient nations."
Sample of Sources Used:
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