By Elke Murdock
Multicultural societies are a phenomenon that may be more and more saw world wide. This ebook makes a speciality of the query of the way contributors dwelling inside of a multicultural society event the assembly of cultures. Murdock combines either an intensive assessment of the theoretical physique of analysis touching on multiculturalism and comparable innovations comparable to globalization, acculturation and biculturalism with particular empirical examine proof, supplying new insights into components which form our openness in the direction of a plurally composed society. Multiculturalism, id and distinction contains unique examine carried out in the ‘natural laboratory’ that multilingual, multicultural Luxembourg presents. this can be a kingdom the place the overseas inhabitants makes up approximately 1/2 the entire inhabitants. within the period of globalization, tradition touch is an everyday prevalence and this ebook makes a contribution to the questions of if and the way tradition touch may be skilled as a chance instead of a hazard through individuals.
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Migration Waves in Luxembourg Emigration in the Nineteenth Century Prior to becoming a sovereign state, the Luxembourg economic fate was largely tied to the rulers of the time. As was shown above, rulers and borders changed frequently and the economic development of the country was left behind. Before the development of the steel industry, Luxembourg was a poor agricultural country, struggling to feed its growing population. This triggered several waves of emigration. From 1825 onwards, Luxembourgers emigrated first towards Brazil and Argentina, then primarily to the USA, where some significant Luxembourg colonies developed in Wisconsin and Illinois.
An understanding of the historical frame of reference is important to place the current discourse on Luxembourg’s national identity in context. Following the historical overview, I will explain the different immigration waves to Luxembourg and discuss the current multicultural demographic profile. I will finish with outlining current efforts regarding the (re-) search for the Luxembourg identity. Luxembourg—A Brief History In less than 200 years Luxembourg transformed from a relatively poor agricultural land of emigration into a highly developed attractive target country for immigration.
Over 40 % of Luxembourg’s total work force travels to Luxembourg on a daily basis from France (77,800), Belgium (39,500) and Germany (39,900) (Statec, 2013). This group of migrants is the most “transient” as they only spend their working day in Luxembourg. The importance of the Frontaliers for the Luxembourg employment market is shown in Fig. 4: This daily influx poses a special challenge to the road and rail infrastructure of the country. The differential employment rates (Statistique en bref, Grossregion, 2013) in the neighbouring countries are one explanation for the daily influx of workers.