Assimilation: Immigrants and Refugees

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), almost 4,000 immigrants and 70,000 refugees are granted admission into the country every year. While integrating into the mainstream culture, immigrants can lose certain aspects of their identity as they are faced with cultural values and customs that are sometimes markedly different from what they are accustomed to. These can include expectations guiding interpersonal family functioning, gender roles (and alongside these, courtship, dating, and marital scripts), and a myriad of social norms and practices. Assimilation is the lifelong process of adapting or adjusting to a new society’s culture. This term has been applied to immigrants and refugees insofar as the experience of migrating to a new country (voluntarily or otherwise) brings with it considerable stressors. Assimilation ...

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