Immigrants Distancing Themselves from Home Country
Posted by Joshua Price on October 26, 2007
I cam across an interesting story in The Washington Post today.
The majority of Hispanic immigrants maintain ties to their native countries by sending money, calling or traveling to their homelands, but most see their future in the United States despite these long-distance links, a new study has found.
Just 9 percent of Latino immigrants are “highly attached” to their birth countries — defined by researchers as doing all three “transnational activities”: dispatching funds, phoning weekly or going home in the past two years. Most sustain moderate bonds by doing one or two. But those attachments fade with time, according to a Pew Hispanic Center report based on a nationwide survey of Latinos.
This make perfect sense. You see the reason that many Latino immigrants feeling less attached to their home countries is because they have essentially moved their home countries here. I mean just walk through some communities in metro Atlanta or Los Angeles and you will honestly believe you were in another country.
There has been little or no assimilation by most recent immigrants to this country. I’m not suggesting that immigrants to this country abandon or forget their native culture and homeland, but they ought to learn, embrace and become part of our (America’s) culture, not force theirs upon us.