Transnational Migrants

by Koki Shiozaki

Migrants who cross the borders do not always settle down in their host country. Those people are called “Transnational Migrants.” Some continue to stay their host country, others turn back their home country. And, people those who have immigrated to one country may emigrate to another. Besides, the people who settled down in the host country don’t lose ties to their home country completely. They have relation with people in their home, a strong attachment to their home and identity. As this had happened, international relations between two countries or more became a relationship between one person and another.

Migrants who live in transnational society used to have also complicated elements which blended the customs of their home into those of their host country. Once upon a time, America called “Melting Pot.” But now, it is said that American culture is, rather than Melting Pot, looked upon as “Salad Bowl” which stands for that a lot of ethnic groups live in America with their identity and independence.They sustain their lives where they brought up.

Today we need to grab the nature of migrants like this. I will give you examples. Women Muslim-migrants in France keep wearing a scarf. They explain that the reason why they have a scarf on is a result that they were taught in France. That is why wearing a scarf is a way to express their identity that we are Muslim-French. While in America, which represent a freedom country, there is an issue about migrants. That is driver’s license issue. In America, driver’s license should be required to show driver’s face clearly since 9/11. In terms of a security, no one can cover up their face a scarf. But Muslim women would not show up their face to anyone but their husband from the religious problem. Only eyes can be seen.

In conclusion , the state of affairs may have a little different with where migrants are. As the form of migrants shifts from melting pot to salad bowl,transnational migrants will face a great deal of challenges we all have to solve. Therefore, we should know that migrants have characteristic culture which was acquired in the course of their lives.


“Ethic Kokusaikankeigaku”

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