Nations accept immigrants formally by giving them citizenship. Citizenship defines who is a member of a nation. It creates a system of inclusion and exclusion (Bloemraad, Korteweg and Yurdakul...
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...mmunity, which would in turn decrease national political productivity (Koopmans). Koopmans also argues that multiculturalism allows and strengthens extremist ideas which also weakens the sense of nationhood. However Fischer and Mattson argue that America is less threatened by the fragmentation of nationhood by immigration today than the threat of other issues. For example, America is not currently on the verge of civil war over the issue of slavery. In the past, America was also violently divided by the debate over prohibition, feminism and civil rights. Currently America is divided by a growing gap in social class and the attainment of education rather than culture clashes between the culture of the host-country and the culture introduced by immigrants (Fischer and Mattson). Therefore multiculturalism in America does not have a significantly dangerous consequences.
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