Sample Education Paper on Migration into the United States

Migration into the United States

The search for greener pastures is one of the primary reasons that people migrate from their nations to other regions. Most of the immigration occurs in countries that are economically developed because the individuals believe that life is easier in such countries. There are different factors that influence migration including imperialism, militarism, war, and capitalism. People who migrate into other countries may be classified as immigrants, refugees or asylees, depending on the reason for migrating. Regardless of the motivation behind immigration, most individuals believe that economically developed countries are more democratic and people there lead better lives. The narratives about immigration suggest that the individuals freely choose to migrate from their underdeveloped countries that do not uphold democracy. The narrative assumes that the individuals move to more developed and democratic countries where lives are better, out of their free will. One of the countries believed to be democratic and developed place where people lead better lives is the United States. However, the United States is not a democratic and developed nation where individuals lead better lives.  In addition, the immigrants, refugees, and asylees do not freely choose to relocate to other countries.

Immigrants are those who consciously decide to move into other countries permanently, in most cases to improve their economic welfare. One of the reasons that contributed to the immigration of the citizens into the country is imperialism. The number of immigrants in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s increased due to imperialism in regions such as Africa and Asia (Ong 70).  Some African countries such as Somali experienced imperialism that disrupted the education system and peace in the country, forcing the citizens to migrate into the United States.  The citizens also moved from the country due to war.  During the same time, Cambodian citizens also migrate into the United States due to imperialism in their nation (Ong 71). Before then, people had moved from Vietnam into the nation, in search of peace due to war in the country.  The high rate of immigration into the country was so high that it forced the legislators to rewrite new immigration laws. The regulations ensured that the welfare of the immigrants was enhanced by providing them with means of survival such as jobs. With regard to the immigration, it is evident that the people did not move into the country because it was developed, democratic or that the chances of leading better lives were high. The immigrants continued to flock the country because their welfare was enhanced by the new regulations. The people had to migrate into the United States to look for employment. However, this does not imply that they did so out of free will. If their country had a better economic status, they would not have migrated. Also, the immigrants did not enjoy better lives in the country as they faced various challenges such as racism, implying that life in the United States was not better (Ong 77).

Refugees are those that migrate to other nations due to special humanitarian concerns such as civil wars in their countries. Most refugees were forced to move into the United States due to political instability characterized by militarism. Militarism is the other reason that led to migration of people into the country such as Hawaii. Refugees did not freely move from their countries but they are forced by different circumstances such as imperialism and civil war as experienced in Somalia and Vietnam. The refugees also migrated due to capitalism, mostly evident in search for employment. Capitalism is motivated by globalization. Such individuals do not necessarily move into the United States because the country is more developed and democratic but the search for peace, education and employment (Ong 78). Taking an example of the Somali migration into the United States, the main reason for their immigration was the pursuit for better education (Abdi 95).  The political instability in Somalia adversely affected the education sector, forcing some citizens to seek refuge in the United States in pursuit of further education.

The asylees move to other nations to seek protection from persecution, mostly due to their political opinions, religious or ethnic backgrounds. Such individuals are given protection by the countries where they migrate into after proving that their lives are in danger. One of the wars that forced individuals to seek asylum in the United States is the war in U.S border (Abdi 95).  Many citizens from Mexico were forced to seek asylum in the country as they feared for their lives in Mexico. However, this does not imply that the nation was more democratic because the citizens in the country were still suffering from the aftermath of war. Some parts of the country such as the Central America had cases of atrocities against human rights committed by the military (Dunn 3).  The immigration into the United States during the Mexico-American border proves that immigration is not motivated by a county’s democracy. The people still migrated into the United States even if the country was characterized by exploitation of the human rights by the military.  Most of the immigrants from Mexico who sought asylum in the country did not do so willingly but they were forced by militarism and war in their country. The decision to migrate is not freely made by the individuals.

In conclusion, the migration of people into the United States from other countries is mainly brought about by factors such as imperialism, war and militarism that threaten their personal security. Further, individuals may also migrate into other countries in search of employment or capitalism factors. This is contrary to the notion that people migrate from their underdeveloped and less democratic countries into the developed countries where democracy is upheld. The immigrants, refugees and asylees do not move freely into the other countries but they are forced by circumstances such as wars and militarism. They do not move into the United States because it is the most developed or democratic nation, but because the regulations governing their welfare is better.  The country allows the immigrants to secure jobs and this is very appealing to those whose motive to move is driven by capitalism.

Works cited

Abdi, Cawo M. “The newest African-Americans?: Somali struggles for       belonging.” Bildhaan: an international journal of Somali studies 11.1 (2012): 95

Dunn, Timothy J. Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border, 1978-1992. University of Texas Press, 1996.

Ong, Aihwa. Buddha is hiding: Refugees, citizenship, the new America. Vol. 5. Univ of     California Press, 2003