Opposition to immigration  

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Opposition to immigration is present in most nation-states with immigration, and has become a significant political issue in many countries. Immigration in the modern sense refers to movement of people from one nation-state to another, where they are not citizens.

The four main anti-immigration themes are: psychological xenophobia (dislike and fear of foreigners), economic costs (especially job competition and the expenses of schools and social services), negative environmental impact such as accelerated population growth, and the distortion of the national identity. Opposition to immigration can be directed at the immigrants themselves or their culture, language and religion; opponents often focus on employers of the immigrants.

In countries where the majority of the population is of immigrant descent, such as the United States, opposition to immigration often takes the form of nativism (targeted only at 'first-generation' immigrants).

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