January 27, 2016

THEY ASSIMILATE EVEN FASTER THAN YOUR ANCESTORS DID:

Another Reason to Fear Immigrants Is Debunked (TOM JACOBS, 1/17/16, Pacific Standard)

Immigration must be stopped to preserve our values! That's the subtext (or, in some cases, text) of much of the rhetoric from the current presidential campaign. Certain candidates are exploiting voters' fears that our nation will soon become unrecognizable, as foreigners arrive bringing fundamentally different attitudes.

This sort of primal anxiety, which is also being expressed in Europe, is not likely to be assuaged by a scientific study. But newly published research from the United Kingdom suggests the deep-seated dread is based on a false premise.

A study of immigrants from Bangladesh living in London finds that, by the second generation, their fundamental attitudes have shifted significantly toward a Western, individualist orientation. Parents take with them the values of their old country, but their kids are a very different matter.

For better or worse, immigrants begin to take on Western values of individualism with remarkable rapidity.

A research team led by Alex Mesoudi of the University of Exeter reports this rapid acculturation is largely attributable to the impact of the much-maligned mass media. Children of immigrants adopt some important values from their parents, but others are absorbed straight from the television.

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