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“Foreigners” are not foreign

The notion of us verses them runs the risk of greater divisions then previously witnessed

By AC Grayling   April 2014

At the most obvious but least interesting level, it is of course true that most “foreigners”— that is, people of another nationality, typically speaking a different language and manifesting a number of different customs and food preferences—are different from “us.” Visible differences in such ethnic markers as skin colour, eye shape and hair type add emphasis.

Unfamiliarity with the members of another tribe, and the ignorance that accompanies it, has always been a major source of xenophobia, with the competition and conflict that often arises.

It is easy to stoke such feelings among those who lack either the opportunity or…

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