New immigrants

Statistics If we individually look at the population of the founding states of European Union, the impact of immigration become obvious. The founding nations of European Union are Germany, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Italy and Belgium. In 2002, Germany has 8. 9% foreign population from countries like Canada, France, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The foreign population of France, in 1999, was 5.

6% where natives from Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States were present. Belgium, by 2004, had immigrants from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States making up 8. 3% of its total population. The percentage of foreign population by 2003, was 2. 7 in Italy with immigrants from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States. Immigrants from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States contributed 10.6% towards the population of Netherlands. Finally, Luxembourg attracted migrants from Belgium.

France, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United States, which consisted of 37. 4% of total population in 2005 (Data taken from MPI Data Hub). It was rather shocking to learn that by 2005 only 12. 4% of the population of United States was “foreign-born,” which largely consists of nationals from Canada, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. (Data taken from MPI Data Hub).

Even though the total population of United States is ten times bigger than the population of all EU countries, the percentages reflect that the number and amount of diversity is increasing in the European nations. Conclusion The adverse effects of the open border policy have already started taking a toll over the economic situation of the United States. The leaders of the European Union have strategically designed policies to achieve a social, economic and political platform of unity.

They are dealing with the issues of ‘unification’ as and when they appear on the surface. The attitude of commitment and devotion by individuals, groups, nations and the entire European Union is highly appraisable. European Union is united due to free trade market, single currency, single economic and political goal, open borders, and most importantly the respect it provides to even the poorer regions of Europe. The United States might need to follow the steps of the European Union to reach a better understanding with its neighboring countries.

Only then can it really reap the results of unity. The environment should be made welcoming and respectful for the new immigrants as they provide services for a countries growth. Unity and peace should be embedded in the grassroots of a nation.

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