The Effects Of Xenophobia

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All around the world, people are witnessing a rise in cultural wars, hate crimes and racial diversity. Possible future presidents talking about building a wall across the Mexican border, to the wars that are going on in Africa due to cultural and native-born pride. The source behind a lot of the worlds problems can easily be linked to what is called Xenophobia. You see it every day all around you, brainwashed with the constant reminder of the current issues dealing with racism and immigration in America. People all over the world feel the effects of Xenophobia but have no clue what it even is.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Xenophobia as the fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners, or anything that could be found as strange or foreign.
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After the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001, immigration laws were yet again restricted by the United States government due to fears of future terrorist attacks. Following these restrictions and heightened security, the migration of new foreigners into our country dropped significantly. Immigration tally’s began to plunge back in 2005 leading up to the collapse of the United States Housing market in 2006, and the recession that occurred follow the financial crisis in 2008. Immigration numbers have since flat lined since 2010, to around 140,000 new immigrants. While fewer Mexicans are moving into the United States, there has been an increase in those leaving the Unites States and returning to Mexico. According to Pew Centers analysis of the Mexican Census data between 2005 and 2010, 1.4 million Mexicans, of whom had previously resided within the United States, immigrated back Mexico(Richard Miles, 2015). That is almost double the rate that was seen between the years of 1995 and …show more content…
The United States wants to build a wall across the Mexican border to keep immigrants out, but does not take a moment to realize why immigrants are coming here. Immigrants are traveling here for the same reasons that we want a wall, xenophobia. We can link xenophobia to many of todays current issues on the presidential election, racism, protests or riots, and even some of the mass shootings that we 've heard or seen in the news media. In 2008, South Africa experienced a wave of xenophobic actions when gangs went around murdering and beating anyone that was of a different cultural ethnicity and yet again in 2015. Mexico and South America suffer from this phobia as well. All around the world you can find signs of xenophobia. Maybe it is about time we fine a way to treat this hidden

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