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Subject of my paper: In-between Cultures: Multiculturalism and Sense of Belonging
Chosen topic and rational for it:
This essay will explore how multiculturalism policy has created a ‘lost immigrant generation’ that live ‘in-between cultures’ and ‘double lives’. Multiculturalism discourages a strong sense of belonging amongst the immigrant population in their host state. The paper will focus particularly on the Canadian and France’s multicultural policy as a case study and mainly focus on immigrant youth and first-generation immigrants.
Main themes/ structure of the paper:
The paper will be structured as followed:
- Research Question: Does multiculturalism in practice limit the freedom of immigrant populations, and prevent them from integrating and developing a sense of belonging to their host country?
- Thesis Statement: This paper will argue that multiculturalism in practice does not allow immigrant populations to develop a strong sense of belonging to their host country, resulting in individuals finding themselves in-between cultures and/or religions.
- Body paragraphs:
- Context and history of multiculturalism; specifically, different government policies and strategies.
- Existing arguments of multiculturalism by accredited researchers in the field of multiculturalism.
- My arguments:
- First argument: Multiculturalism in practice has created ethnic enclaves which prevent young and first-generation immigrants to integrate into their new society.
- Second argument: Multiculturalism in practice prevent the host country to assert national identity which breeds a lost immigrant generation that live ‘in-between cultures’ or ‘double lives’.
- Third argument: Multiculturalism generating a lost immigrant generation not fitting in their host countries and not in their home countries, become vulnerable to religious extremism.