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Eureka: Three types of immigration systems
by Jay Gutman
2018-01-23 07:07:17
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This article will describe three immigration systems using a Q&A format.

What are the three types of immigration systems?

You have the first type where immigrants are considered guests. The second type of immigration is one where immigrants are received as roommates. The third type of immigration system is one where immigrants are treated like children.

mmigr01_400Can you expand on the three types of immigration systems?

In the first type, immigrants are like guests. They are welcome, tend to be treated well, and the host country has little or no expectation over their behavior. Their job opportunities tend to be very restricted, just like a guest's movements tend to be restricted within the house. They are expected to leave when they've stayed long enough, just like guests are expected to leave when they've stayed long enough.

In the second type, immigrants are treated like roommates. That is the host country accomodates to the immigrants' traditions and tastes, allows them to do whatever job they want, and don't expect them to leave unless there's a huge problem of some kind.

In the third type immigrants are treated like children. That is while they are not expected to leave or go back to their country, they are expected to learn how do behave and act like a local. Any divergence on their behavior will be criticized. They can do as they wish, as long as they assimilate to the local culture.

Are there any concrete examples of countries and different types of immigration systems?

China, Japan and South Korea along with most Asian nations including Vietnam or Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE use the first type. That is you are a guest, your work opportunities are restricted and heavily regulated. You tend to be treated rather well by the locals, they take you out for food, sometimes treat you like royality. But when your time is up your time is up. If you learn Chinese, Japanese or Korean and start acting like a local, you will get the boot. Just like when a guest starts knowing the house and host family a little too well, when the guest knows the host culture too well he can be considered a threat of invasion. Personally, had I failed to learn Korean, I'd probably still be in South Korea.

For the second type, Australia and Canada are the best fits for the model. In Canada and Australia immigrants are treated like roommates, that is you can stick to your manners and traditions as an immigrant and the locals will adapt to your needs as much as you will adapt to their needs. As long as you behave adequately, you can do as you wish, live the life you want to live.

For the third type, France and several European countries fit the model, and the United States is gradually adopting the model. That is, when you come in fresh off the boat, you are welcomed as a new born child. But then you are gradually expected to fit into the community like their own child would, and abandon any previous mannerisms or traditions you had. Acting or behaving differently means you failed to fit in and if you fail to act according to expectation you will be scolded like a child.

What's the ideal type of immigration system?

Each country has its own traditions and customs when it comes to welcoming immigrants. The important thing is for immigrants to understand where they are headed. If they will be considered guests, they need to know that they are expected to behave properly and the leave at the correct time. Countries that welcome immigrants as guests have entire sections on foreign crime in their papers in some cases. If you are expected to be a roommate, you need to act like a roommate, that is you will be expected to do part of the house work. If you are expected to be a child, you might need to give up some of the traditions that you used to hold on dearly to.

You can't tell a country that there's an ideal type of immigration system. Some view foreign visitors and migrants as guests because that's how their belief system works. Others treat them like children because that's how their belief system works.

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John Hayden2018-01-23 14:09:59
Immigrants are expected to work and pay taxes just like regular citizens. There is nothing glamorous about immigration.

Ken Harris2018-01-23 14:44:53
I really doubt my Scottish immigrant parents from WWII who immigrated to Australia would categorize immigration in these three glossy ways or even have the time to do such a thing because they were busy working and having children.

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