Syrian Refugee Crisis Analysis

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Current News Assignment When considering the current issues of multiculturalism in Europe, repercussions of the Syrian Refugee Crisis jump to mind, or perhaps Muslim migration to Europe in general. However, an understanding which focuses solely on Muslim migrants does an extreme disservice to the discussion of European multiculturalism as a whole and the developing definition of what it means to be European. The recent and drastic increase of Muslim migration to Europe has, however, aided in resurfacing questions of multiculturalism and national identity. France has historically had issues with these questions, regardless of the origin of the people coming to France. France has a very distinct national identity and anything that calls that …show more content…
Word choice, for instance, plays an invaluable role in writing. The word choice in the article is very telling of how he is framing the issue. For example, de Bourmont notes, “The threat had grown so bad, and the lack of government response so enraging, that some Chinese have taken security into their own hands” (de Bourmont, 2016). De Bourmont could have described the people as being involved in vigilante justice; however, his word choice paints them as people deeply involved in making their communities safer places. The same phenomena can be seen in “Understanding ‘La Contagion’: Power, Exclusion, and Urban Violence in France and the United States” by Harlan Koff. In the piece, Koff states that, “Exclusion does not ignite violence; injustice does” (Koff, 785). By using injustice, which is an incredibly powerful word, Koff successfully encapsulates mitigates the impact of the violence that he had been discussing. The word injustice assumes an inherent justice that is being denied which provides justification of sorts for the violence. Had Koff chosen to use a different phrase it would not have the same …show more content…
While we have discussed a variety of topics in regards to immigration and multiculturalism in Europe, that variety meant that there were hundreds of source options available. I really loved “Understanding ‘La Contagion’: Power, Exclusion, and Urban Violence in France and the United States”, so I knew that I wanted to look at the experience of immigrants in areas with high levels of anti-immigrant sentiment. I also hoped to find an article that centered in France, England, or Germany because those are the countries in Europe that we have discussed the most, which I knew would allow me to better understand the content of the article, rather than attempting to understand the political climate in an entirely new

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