Millions of people around the globe immigrate into different countries every year. For some

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Millions of people around the globe immigrate into different countries every year. For some people, moving to a new place can be about taking on a different career opportunity, following a love interest, or reuniting with family. While for others, immigration is necessary to survive. It is not a simple choice, but rather a struggle to escape the horrors in their own country. There are numerous nations that welcome immigrants and refugees with open arms, but many do not. Picking up your life and traveling to a new country is hard even in the most accepting of places. For example, in the US, there are varieties of cultures and people from all over the world, making it one of the most desirable places for immigrants. Yet, even still,…show more content…
While these regulations were eventually lessened by the following Prime Minister, the events led to an increase in French nationalism among the natives and new assimilation policies. In 2003, the French government made an attempt to integrate the immigrants by requiring them to sign a contract when entering the country. “By signing the contract, immigrants agree to undergo language training and instruction on the values of French society,” (Zappi). If they passed, they received a ten year permit, but if they failed then they only got a one year permit. Essentially, the French were trying to protect their home culture by forcing the immigrants to let go of their native cultures and become more “French.” When immigrating to a new country, there are many stages of acculturation that a person must go through. At first everything is wonderful and amazing, but soon, homesickness and longing for the home culture sets in. The attitudes and mindsets of the host culture can play a huge role in whether person acculturates successfully or slips into culture shock. If you are able to make friends in your host culture who can help you assimilate, then you are more likely to be happy in your new home. However, in France, many people are unfriendly to foreigners and very unwilling to help them. For Americans, when going into a French restaurant, even though the waiter may know how to speak

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