Rethinking 'Us' & 'Them': Integration and Diversity in Europe

29 Sep 2017, 04:31 PM
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What roles do citizenship and participation play in integration?

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Tell us: What roles do citizenship and participation play in integration?

In Chapter 4, we've taken a look at some of the more tangible parts of the journey from 'foreigner' to citizen: naturalization, participation, and which policies and attitudes matter towards making someone feel as though they belong. We imagine that many of you have personal experiences with these topics or opinions on how they should be handled for those coming to your countries. We'd love for you to share them with the 'Us' & 'Them' course community here!

Here are some guiding questions to draw from:
- How do you define 'diversity' and how did you 'learn it' (or how do you think you still need to learn it?)
- What types of major divides or cleavages do you most see in your society? Are these along the lines of immigrant vs. native or other groups?
- How easy or hard do you think it should be for immigrants or refugees to gain citizenship of their new country? Do you think people should be able to maintain dual citizenship or do you see this as problematic for integration?
- What is one thing that you find especially important to feeling like you belong to your society (or what do you think it would be if you moved to a new place)?

Now what?
Click 'Start in Journal', and fill out the entry. How you do this is up to you: You can use just words, or add pictures or links to articles or videos to highlight your point!

Is this journal assignment required?
No! Nothing in our course is 'required', and there are no grades, but we encourage you to reflect on these topics and share if you feel comfortable, so that others in the course can benefit from your experiences.

Citizenship and Participation


Diversity is the ability to appreciate that we are all different and embrace this difference for the good of humanity and common good. In the society, the major cleavage of immigrants is social acceptability. It gets works when people socially and culturally make you aware of how different you are from them, either knowingly or u knowingly. It makes one feel left out. This could be expressed verbally, or non verbally. Open stares, for instance could make one feel that they do not belong. Dual citizenship is a good option as it would give migrants an opportunity to go back to their countries of origin especially if the reason that made them leave in the first place is inadvertent e.f war and need to rebuild the country.All in all, it is important for the migrant to note that being embraced in a host country does not give them right to lord over the host country even as the host country has the responsibility to be hospitable to the migrants without denying its very citizens opportunity to be useful citizens in their country, a this could be a cause of xenophobia.

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