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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 08:10 PM
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11. We're better at integrating people
Edited on Fri Nov-25-11 08:11 PM by XemaSab
because we're ALL immigrants. Even the native people have had to adapt to a different culture and way of life that has been as tough for them as for any true immigrant group.

My ancestors came here from Ireland, Germany, and Sweden 130 years ago, and they had a tough time when they were first here. But it's not just that, someone getting off the boat today can find people from their home country who came over 5 years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago, and 50 years ago. There are also people with different degrees of connection to the US and to their old country, such as people who speak almost no English and still keep the old ways and people whose families have been here for generations and who may have the family name and a few recipes and not much else.

Comparing a multi-ethnic Europe with the US is a tough comparison. On one level, the US has been a multiethnic society from prehistoric times. Even taking the narrow view, there have been different groups of Europeans here with different languages, religions, and customs for 400 years.

I hope Europe can find a way to integrate newcomers into society. :(
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