Life's journeys: Language, culture, communication

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Thought of the day

“The willingness to change one’s identity, or at least add a second identity – perhaps one of the most painful psychological experiences humans can encounter but also one of the most liberating – is shaped first and foremost by the willingness of the host culture to accept the immigrant into the community. As long as the host culture regards immigrants as permanent aliens and denies citizenship, then migrants will cling to their existing identities.”  (Weiner, Human Motivation, 1996, p. 53)

In his study guide on Human Geography, G.A. Jones (2011) also notes that “migrants must be willing to accept the norms and customs of the host society” and that “the extent to which exile is perceived as a temporary solution will affect the strategies adopted by the displaced”.

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