Topic 1: Immigration and anti-Immigration Sentiments and Policies in Europe
Europe without immigration is impossible to imagine. Since ancient times Europe became a place of diverse populations with various religious beliefs and cultural customs who migrated there. The emergence of nation states in Europe since the French Revolution introduced ideas and concepts of the nation which over centuries been widely debated and contested. Clearly, because of nationalism in Europe, wars and conflicts have challenged the European continent. At its core was always the question of who would fit into the respective nation state and under what conditions? After the peaceful revolutions of 1989 there was a feeling that Europe without borders would be in reach; in fact, the Schengen area comprises of 27 European countries that are separated from each other only by soft borders with no passport control. However, since the early 2000s old questions of nationalism, national belonging, and national identity had reappeared from the surface:
Complete a 14-16 page (approximately 4000 words) “case-study paper” focusing on a specific case of European History since 1989.
Question: Following the fall of communism in Europe since 1989, discuss how nationalism has restricted immigration and contributed to immigration sentiments and policies in Europe. Are these sentiments prevalent today? How has this challenged the idea of Europe without borders? Additional instructions are included in the document below.
Cite 4 additional sources together with the ones listed below.