I've heard some people saying they feels like they're foreigners in their own country because of the high amount of immigrants and refugees settling in their country. So I asks because I'm curious on how many feels like that on GAG.
I don't feel like a foreigner since the majority I meets are Norwegian like myself. But I've noticed there's more immigrants and refugees plus more new languages, cultures etc. It's a lot more common now than for some years ago. My country that had a mono-culture is leaning more to multiculturalism and I don't need to go far to see foreigners. If I walks five minutes outside my house I sees one.
A citizen and immigrants.
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Most Helpful Girl
According to the "perpetual foreigner" stereotype, Asian-Americans are often branded as "foreign," regardless of the amount of the time on one's native soil. To make matters worse, some Asian-Americans may have ancestors who moved to the United States earlier than some European-Americans, but because of their physical appearance, they are deemed as "foreign". The underlying assumption is that America is a white person's country.21
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Not at all. Switzerland has always been the home of many foreigners and I feel like that is a part of our culture. Contrary to other European nations, Switzerland was founded on the principle of "will". We often call our country "a nation of will". What this means is that our forefathers have united and created this country not because we speak a common language or because we share common religious views or because we have the same culture but because we chose to become one big, happy family. The right-wing in Switzerland tends to forget this sometimes but this is where our roots lie. So I don't mind living among people from far-away places. There is not one single set of "true" Swiss values everyone has to religiously stick to. All it takes to be a good resident of this country is the genuine desire to be here, the respect for the constitution and the laws and some motivation to integrate yourself culturally and socially. Everything else will fall into place.
As for refugees: Switzerland has always been the home of refugees, some of which were famous too (Einstein, Lenin, Büchner etc.). During WW2, we have often failed our humanitarian responsibility and made ourselves guilty of the murders of thousands of Jewish refugees. Such mistakes shall never happen again. Switzerland is a tiny country with an already dense population but I believe we should accept as many people seeking political asylum as we can afford.
And finally, I also enjoy multiculturalism quite a bit. How lame would it be to eat the same few dishes all the time. I'm thankful to the Italians who brought us pasta, the Japanese who brought us sushi, the Arabs who brought us this wonderful Lebanese and Moroccan cuisine.
I'm not scared by foreign languages. As somebody who has studied linguistics, I find it a great enrichment. There is so much to learn from other cultures.
Not all foreign immigrants are pleasant. Nor are all locals. A good mix is the best. I am married to a foreigner who also happens to be the greatest person I've ever met.6