The Conflict Between Ethnic Minorities And Native Citizens

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Immigration as a whole has never been so much at the forefront of European politics than it is today. Streams of refugees are flooding in from Syria, and the issue of migration and immigration has once again become prevalent. This influx of migrants could be pushing Germany, and, by expansion, the rest of Western Europe to its breaking point. Conflicts and internal resentment between ethnic minorities and native citizens is approaching an all-time high. Syrian refugees often arrive in poor health (Böttcher, 2015), and so are received with mixed emotions. What makes Germany in particular a perfect case study is that Germany has one of the most complicated and nuanced history of nationalist identity. While still lagging behind political representation in several other European democracies, more ethnic minorities and immigrants have entered the German territory in 2013 than ever before. With one of the most complex historical formations of identity, Germany has undergone dramatic change in national narrative. From insisting that Germany was not a country of immigration throughout the 1990s to a liberalization of public opinion that make Germany more liberal than her surrounding nations in terms of immigration, there is evidence of drastic changes in the past decade. By looking into the past and utilizing existing research, a cohesive concept of the German identity can be discovered. Applying the new German nationalist identity to an influx of immigrants may be the only
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