Social Aspects of Mr. K’s Immigration
Experience in the United States.
The United States of America originally a nation of immigrants is rapidly becoming a nation of native born citizens. We have by now had an opportunity to produce the native-born individual someone we might label as an “American”. Today, the number of foreign-born persons in the United States is about 3,000,000 of the population, and about 5,000,000 of Americans are the children of immigrants. Due to the new Immigration Reform and Control Act the days of mass immigration are over, but the influence of the movement will never be eased. (Arun and Daniel p.1) This paper is based on the interview conducted on April 20th of 2009 with Mr. M. K. an immigrant from Ukraine who came to the United States in 1996 from Ivano Frankivsk a city in western Ukraine to escape political and economic corruption following the early 90’s collapse of the Soviet Union. His decision to leave his wife and two kids was not an easy one. Being a part of the former Soviet Union KGB, he immigrated to America for personal and political reasons. But the largest reason for coming here is for freedom. The freedom to live where we want, to own property, to take part in the government, to give a better future for our kids and most importantly, the freedom to be treated like a human being (K 2009).
Mr. K reunited with his family in 2004 and is now a citizen of the United States. In this interview he reflected upon his social experience as an immigrant.
Q: Did you see a different lifestyle here?
A: Oh yes!! American citizen is very independent, career oriented and self-isolated inside his family and his house. Ukrainians are way too different?
We are Europeans, but unlike Germans, British or French we have very few social protection. We work very hard, but we are just in the middle of the road to democracy and civilization. For hundreds of years we’ve been slaves of Russia and many people from Eastern...
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