Immigration: The Primary Element Contributing to the Society’s Diversity
Effects of Immigration on Social Diversity
This section shall discuss both the pros and cons of immigration in the society and how diversity in itself presents the same values of pros and cons that make up modern urbanized locations around the world today.
This section summarizes the whole point to which the discussion is dedicated to; identifying the connection between immigration and social diversity. It shall provide a final definition on how these two elements make up the modern society that specifically supports the new system of new human living process.
Immigration is the reason why most urban cities around the globe today are experiencing a highly diversified type of society. With people coming from all other countries, the interrelation of cultures, traditions and even religion often occur. Notably, this correlative existence that humans tend to undergo when they accept the existence of immigration and the impact that it is likely to leave them with naturally creates a connection that would establish several conditions of positive development as well as negative conflicts among members of the society.
On the positive side, immigration does provide the nations a considerable influx of human resources who would work for the development of the country. Most immigrants take lower-end jobs such as factory workers, restaurant servers and other labor-defined positions that are most often than not neglected by national locals. This influx of workers specifically arm the national economy in producing more products, creating more opportunities of gaining profit thus increasing the overall rate of the nation’s GDP (Karakayali, 2005). However, there is also a downside to the matter, especially relating to the development of the ones involved in the adjustment period when people decide to transfer from their country to another; it is often observed that the middle-aged individuals who are trying to make the ends meet to survive in the new country often experience depression, desperation and disappointment (Karakayali, 2005). One of the most populated cities in the world, New York, has been subject to the said points of desperation especially affecting people ages 25-35 as they try hard to make sure that they and their families would get the best out of what the nation and its government could give them (Kolb, 2009). Relatively, another issue that immigrants need to deal with is how they are being framed in terms of social recognition and acceptance. The media, in particular create a strong impact on how people think of others, how they view the situation of the immigrants and how they should deal with another person who has a different skin color as theirs. Through these specific issues, the creation of a healthy aspect of social diversity is being jeopardized.
In a way, in all these commotion of personal understanding of belongingness, the existence of diversity and knowing the fact that there are also other individuals experiencing what they are going through helps most immigrants to survive the challenge of living in a new country. All the more, it is the acceptance of diversity in most urbanized locations in the world that the possibility of bringing bits and pieces of one’s culture along with him and practicing it freely in the new country he is living in has brought about sense of ‘feeling at home’ among immigrants. This way, immigrants do not only provide economic advantage to their host countries, they also present the nation with a new way of accepting new cultures and likely even living alongside the traditions that these new communities have to offer.
Karakayali, Nedim. 2005. “Duality and Diversity in the Lives of Immigrant Children: Rethinking the ‘Problem of Second Generation’ in Light of Immigrant Autobiographies”, Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Vol. 42, No. 3, pp. 325–344.
Kolb, Eva. The Evolution of New York City's Multiculturalism: Melting Pot or Salad Bowl. Immigrants in New York from the 19th Century until the End of the Gilded Age. BOD, 2009.