Racism and the Immigration of the 21st Century

The movement is painful, enduring and depressing, with each step taking hopeful refugees closer to freedom and further from certain danger. And yet when they arrive, they are greeted with one of the largest obstacles in the world, dismissive governments to immigration. European governments are torn between accepting immigrants or rejecting them, with Germany being the flag bearer for welcoming immigrants, and several other southern countries to reject the idea. So they set up fences, patrols, buildings, walls, anything to prevent them from crossing over to the northern safe havens. Those who made it through these difficult barriers, they are greeted with a change of heart. Thick scowls and grimace paint the street, and several frightened looks pair in with the former sayings.


There are reasons for such behaviors from European citizens, and also for the behaviors from refugees. It pairs up with the free movement between European countries, and cultural norms of said implemented countries. First, we start with the free movement, which allows citizens to move freely between countries. This is a privilege that European countries decided would be best for the movement of citizens and commerce. And yet, it is prohibited for immigrants and refugees to come into the country. These people are fleeing from impending doom and suppression, to find a better life in a different place. If you were in their shoes, you would do the same for the safety of yourself and your loved ones. I understand that regulations need to be set, but it would be much more efficient if there were an organized way to carry such process out.And yet, the Dublin Accord is rejected which aides and facilitates the process of applying for refugee status from abroad.

Moving on, we come to the second point, where some norms of a country may not fit in with other norms that are a part of another norm. European countries have a different society than those of any other country. The fact that some people take advantage of the surroundings shocks both parties. One event brought up is New Years in Cologne, Germany; several citizens of the female gender were sexually assaulted and resulted in heavy backlash on the police of Cologne, and refugees housed in the area. This was an embarrassment for European governments and also those citizens who are refugees. These norms clashing are unacceptable, and should be dealt with.


Picture Source:https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/11/16/1289917809135/A-graffiti-covered-buildi-006.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=486e6fb35b8b482e5947d31d036bca2b

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/31/europe-bind-act-morally-on-immigrants-heed-its-citizens


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