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Intolerance and migration, United States

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  1. Jody Agius Vallejo

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm311

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Vallejo, J. A. 2013. Intolerance and migration, United States. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Throughout history, the migration of people from one country to another has sparked intolerance in the established population of immigrant-receiving nations. Intolerance of migrants is commonly referred to as nativism, which occurs when racism merges with nationalism, generating intense opposition to migrants who are deemed inferior and foreign (i.e. “un-American”) (Higham 1974). Intolerance towards immigrants centers on several interrelated themes. Immigrant groups who are subject to nativist movements are thought to be culturally and mentally inferior and are often portrayed as enemies of the nation-state.

Keywords:

  • prejudice;
  • ethnocentrism;
  • globalization;
  • immigration