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Language A Barrier To Immigrant Integration

Recent research in New Zealand reveals one of the main issue hindering the ability of immigrant families to become integrated within society is difficulty learning the native language. A common complaint cited by immigrants is arriving in New Zealand with high hope for a better economic and social life only to encounter prejudice and difficulty in getting ahead in their work environment. A young Muslim woman spoke of being alienated because people could not accept the veil she wore while a young Muslim male spoke of being treated by many as though he was a terrorist. Another factor that emerged from the research was conflict within immigrant families as their children learned language and culture of the new country while their parents clung to the older world.

The research is exactly what every generation of immigrants to America encountered. Immigrants to any land find they initially are strangers in a strange land until learning language or getting to understand the new culture allows adjustments in their original culture. If one makes the long journey to a new land, there must be new attitudes and the central issue is maintaining key aspects of the culture brought to the new land as one learns new components of culture.

Anti-Roma Hatred On Rise In European Union

The recent EU summit meeting to deal with issues related to Romas has concluded hatred is on a rise against this group. The relaxed laws in Europe which allow easy movement between countries has undoubtedly resulted in Romas moving into areas where they previously have not gone. According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, Antiziganism(anti-gypsy sentiment) is spreading across Europe. The Italian government was considering fingerprinting the entire Roma population in that country but backed down after protests throughout Europe. About 5 percent of Hungary’s population is Roma. About half of Roma children between the ages of 15-19 have not yet completed an elementary school education. Lack of education and occupational skills makes it difficult for Romas to obtain good jobs in the workplace. Another problem is language issues since many have yet to obtain language fluency in the new countries they are presently living in.

The EU recognizes there is no coherent short or long term program to deal with issues of prejudice against Romas or to assist them in obtaining jobs, decent housing, and education. Most probably the need for education is paramount in launching any long term program to assist Romas.