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Reply #52: Part of the reason for America being "better at integration" is that anyone can be an American. [View All]

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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:56 AM
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52. Part of the reason for America being "better at integration" is that anyone can be an American.
"American" is a national identity but not an ethnic one; that's not the case in Europe, so much, where until fairly recently European societies have been largely ethnically homogeneous with low levels of immigration, and there are quite a lot of people who have the unfortunate idea that no matter how much someone from Somalia or Turkey or Bangladesh tries to integrate they'll never really be Norwegian, or British, or German, and neither will their descendants a hundred years from now. These attitudes are behind the rise in ethnic nationalist right-wing and anti-immigrant parties across Europe; and these are arising in response to relatively small (compared to the US) demographic shifts (for instance, Norway is 94% white Norwegian, 3% other European, and only about 2% non-European, demographically).
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