Global Issues paper Fall 2007 Migration

Global Issues paper - Migration a New Threat to the Westphalian State Teri Paige Sweetin Global Issues and International Affairs Jonathon Berhon

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Migration, a New Threat to the Westphalian State? Teri Paige Sweetin 810-81-2804 Global Issues and International Affairs Jonathon Berhon December 4, 2007 Word Count: 2043
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Pick up any major newspaper today and I can almost guarantee you will find an article  about immigration somewhere in it.  It is an issue many people feel very strongly about; thinking  that changes that are occurring are hurting the United States or in fact the Westphalian state  system itself. In this paper I plan on showing you how immigration to Westphalia and even more  importantly these changes are nothing new. I will address three of these supposed changes that  are occurring in immigration and then show how these changes, to some extent have been  happening for years. The first change I will concentrate on is how the lack of integration of  migrants in to new country is causing discord in the country. Second, that migrants are sending a  large part of their income to their home country and thus hurting the economy of the host  country. Finally that the increase in illegal immigration is proof that states can no longer control  their borders. We will be able to see that Westphalian State is not threatened by immigration and  that in fact immigration is an essential part of the operation of the state.  Many people argue that many western countries do not have very effective policies that  help integrate migrants into the culture of the area thus creating the potential for much civil  unrest. It is argued that marginalization of migrant workers, which takes the form of low incomes  and unskilled jobs, along with prejudice and discrimination that leads to much discontent in the  migrant population and is the cause of much civil strife (Hefti). Proponents site an example of  this in the riots that occurred in France in 2005. The BBC stated that  discrimination against  persons with dark skin or Arabic sounding names was a major reason for the riots along with the 
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general French society's negative perceptions of  Islam  and caused the alienation of some French  Muslims and may have been a factor in the causes of the riots (Ghettos).  Obviously these violent riots were a threat to the security of the area where they occurred  but that does not mean they were a threat to the state of France itself.  The fact that the riots  lasted only for a short time and that the French government was able to end them proves that the  government still had control and that their sovereignty was never really affected. In fact it can be  argued that the sovereignty was actually strengthened by these riots. On the 
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Global Issues paper - Migration a New Threat to the Westphalian State Teri Paige Sweetin Global Issues and International Affairs Jonathon Berhon

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