Immigration is a hot button topic that has an resounding effect on the world. While it’s easy to focus on the immigration issues in the U.S. this article clearly demonstrates the ongoing contention of Western European countries and their handling of the issues. Basically, immigration issues and national feelings are one in the same. Basically, people are only willing to share their own benefits with individuals from another country because they fear the those benefits will no longer be available to them. According to www.pewforum.org, Muslim populations in Western European countries continue to grow due to immigration, high fertility rates in women, and a very young population. As a result, there are serious undertones of uncomfort with multiculturalism in these regions. The main issue is that most Western Europeans don’t believe that the Islamic religion is comparable or equal to their values and cultures.
There’s a growing concern among Western Europe and it’s citizens that anyone not being born in that region should not be granted the right to share in that nation’s identity. This has invariably caused a rift between migrants and citizens that can’t be necessarily be repaired through rhetoric. This rift has caused factions to form. You have one side that believes Islam is compatible to the values and cultures of Western Europe. The next faction of individuals are those who by showing negative reactions to Muslims, may exhibit those same reactions towards the Jews. It is a fact that Western Europeans take pride in their national and European identities. In accordance to the Nationalist, Anti-Immigaration and Antti-Minority (NAM) Scale, (a poll determining national pride) In Finland, 94% of the persons polled feel this way. Additionally, 79% of the Christians in Europe expressed pride in being Christian, so you can see how nationalism plays a part in how Western Europeans view immigration. A lot of Christians may also feel threatened by the sudden influx of Muslim immigrants because they feel they may lose theological influence on their region.
In Finland, another poll showed that 63% of persons declaring their pride for nationalism within their country opposed to just 39% just preferring to be Christian which resulted in a 24 point differential. In Finland, 98% believe that respect for a nation’s institution and laws and speaking the national language being important to national identity. Eighty-five percent believe everyone within their country should be able to speak the same language. In determining whether immigrant migration is a potential threat to Finnish democracy, the potential is there and must be clearly monitored.
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