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ntroduction :

This year in class, we talked about space and exchanges and especially illustrated these

ideas with the example of New Americans, that designates the immigrants coming to the


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Talking about immigration in the USA is particularly relevant regarding the topic of space

and exchanges since immigration definitely involves the idea of space as immigrants are

moving across countries: they leave their home land to get a new start in America. Thus,

it also involves exchange: immigrants come with their own share of cultural background

that gets melt into a whole new lifestyle in their arrival country: the interaction between

these two different ways of living defines multi-cultural exchange.

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So let's take a closer look at immigration in the USA:

1. America was built upon immigration

America started out as a nation of European immigrants, starting in 1492 with

Christopher Colombus. Due to America's natural resources, the salve trade brought later

another kind of immigrants: slaves from Africa, who influenced the American culture to

some extent. At the time of the Gold rush, many Europeans tried and took their chances

to have a better living by immigrating to the USA.

Across the centuries, immigrants from all around the world came to America, seeking a

better life, and each one of them bringing their own contribution to what defines

America nowadays. So both space and exchanges were deeply involved in the

constitution of America as we know it today.

2. Still an attractive country for immigration

As of today, it appears that the USA remains a very attractive country: many people all

around the work are willing to take their chances there as they believe in the American

Dream: that America holds the opportunities to arise socially and provide a better life by

working hard. This is why there are, for instance, so many Mexicans trying to cross the US

border in order to get a job and workaround their way through living i


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