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Nationhood and Social Cohesion

Ideas of closed and open borders have dominated topics on migration in the American context.  The debates focus on what immigration policies should be instead of focusing attention on what is occurring in the international system. Questions of western identity infuse themselves into the discussion.  Western societies are gripped by the conflict between differing conceptions of the nation and idealism.
Populist anti-immigrant movements have risen across the Western world.  The skepticism of immigration has newfound prominence in Brexit, Swedish Democrats, National Front, Alternative for Germany, Freedom Party, and President Trump’s government shutdown over a border wall.  In Western Europe fears of a changing national identity has led to the increase of support for immigration restrictions.
The rise of populist movements has created political chaos.  The United Kingdom held a popular vote to exit the European Union without a plan in place in case the electorate voted to leave.  Negotiations with the EU produced a Brexit bill that was rejected in the U.K. parliament.  In Sweden, the establishment parties formed a coalition government with themselves to isolate the rising Swedish Democrats.

In the United States, political chaos continues with debates over funding a wall on the Mexican border.  Central to the Trump campaign was a “big beautiful wall” paid by Mexico.  When it became apparent that Mexico was never going to pay for the wall, President Trump sought congressional funding which Democrats refused to fully accommodate.

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