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)?
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.
In an increased globalised world it is not possible not to notice the difference, the other and diversity.
However, diversity can not be reduced to the image of the foreigner.
Host societies become progressively more diverse also trough the divides between different social groups, e.g. rich/poor, old/young, skilled not skilled, religious/atheists, straight/LGTB.
There are no magic formulas do address diversity but one should avoid ghettos and to single out specific groups.
The citizenship do not also apply onlly to foreigners but represents a social committment and an ambitious responsibility engaging every citizen.
Giving citizenship to foreigners could be an obvious way to enhance their integration in host societies. A contract and/or a specific path to get it could be a useful step to achieve thos goal.