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Multicultural societies are a phenomenon that may be more and more saw around the globe. This booklet specializes in the query of the way participants dwelling inside of a multicultural society adventure the assembly of cultures. Murdock combines either a radical evaluation of the theoretical physique of study pertaining to multiculturalism and comparable strategies akin to globalization, acculturation and biculturalism with particular empirical study proof, supplying new insights into components which form our openness in the direction of a plurally composed society. Multiculturalism, identification and distinction contains unique examine carried out in the ‘natural laboratory’ that multilingual, multicultural Luxembourg offers. this can be a kingdom the place the international inhabitants makes up approximately half the entire inhabitants. within the period of globalization, tradition touch is a regular prevalence and this publication makes a contribution to the questions of if and the way tradition touch should be skilled as a chance instead of a risk by way of individuals.

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From 1684 to 1697, the Duchy of Luxembourg remained under French rule. Following the War of the Spanish Succession, Luxembourg fell under the Austrian branch of the Habsburgs in 1715. A period of calm followed until, in 1795, the French revolutionary troops conquered the fortress and Luxembourg was annexed to France as the Département des Forêts (Forest Department). The introduction of conscription triggered a peasant uprising in 1798, which is known as the “Klëppelkrich” (cudgel war). The second division was decided at the Congress of Vienna in 1815 followed by the third and final territorial division stipulated at the Congress of London in 1839.

Italian workers returned after the war and from the late 1950s onwards, they started to bring their families. The second wave of immigration is 34 E. Murdock characterized by more permanency. The first foreign workers mainly settled in the Minette region of Luxembourg, working in the iron and steel industry. Today, the largest absolute numbers of Italians can still be found in that region (Heinz, Peltier, & Thill, 2013a). The peak in Italian immigration in the 1970s coincided with the beginning of the immigration from Portugal.

Summary Immigration Waves The aim of this section was to show the heterogeneity of immigration to Luxembourg and the fact that the demographic profile is still evolving. 1: Other countries have, of course, also experienced immigration waves or patterns, but Luxembourg is quite unique in terms of scale and types of immigration groups. Each set of immigrant group brings with it its own integration issues, aspirations and challenges. 1 Summary of immigration waves Wave 1 2 3 4 5 Late 19th century Post WWII From 1970s 2nd half of 20th century Early 21st century Country of origin Permanency Sector Mainly DE Some IT IT PT EU EU; high HDI Non-EU Seasonal Steel Permanent—with family Length of a contract ?

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