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Immigration

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Immigration refers to the act of moving from one place to another. Thus, immigrants are mobile. They are not indigenous but foreign, often seen and defined as abnormal by the indigenous element. To the host citizen, immigrants may communicate strangely and may follow alien mores. The unfamiliar behavior of the immigrant is often perceived by the host country as “wrong.” Meanwhile, the immigrant may be quite aware that he or she does not know all aspects of the host cultural ways and may attribute mistakes ...

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