I was in a public forum this morning and this topic came up for a new word.....assimilataphobia.
It would be defined (it's not a real phobia or a real word....at least not yet) as a person who should be assimilating into some culture or society, but apparently has a irrational fear of assimilating.
In my life, I've come across various Americans who came into Germany.....got all hyped up....and decided to stay. On the assimilation scale....they were maxing out at '9' or '10'.
Over the past three years, with immigration and integration in the news, it's hard to avoid the assimilation topic. Politically, it's charged-up and something that most politicians don't want to engage upon.
The irrational fear of assimilation? I think this goes to four basic reasons.
1. There are a fair number of 'guests' in Germany who've never been outside of their home-culture or home-country in their life. For them, this is a grand trip to Disney-land which doesn't seem to end and mentally....they just aren't prepared for this type of change in life. In some ways, they are locked into shock that they moved.....trekked all the way to Germany.....and still sit there a year later in some denial stage that it happened.
2. Some individuals are heavily handcuffed to their religion. Assimilating isn't part of the religious culture that they've observed. Some of these people are fearful of losing their religion if they assimilate all the way into the new land.
3. Educational accomplishments of the past for some of these people....have been limited. They might have finished up basic or primary school....but done little else. They aren't stupid.....but they haven't been challenged to the learning process or independent thinking. If they look at the rules, regulations, barriers erected by the Germans.....it's like a mountain that they have to climb and they are unprepared for it.
4. "Little land syndrome". If you look at the bulk of migrants and immigrants into Germany....they generally all end up in a highly urbanized area, but in a particular neighborhood which is tied to their culture. So they hang out with the people from their homeland.....eat the homeland foods.....talk about how things were better in the homeland.....and lessen their enthusiasm to assimilate into Germany.
German attitude over assimilataphobia? Up until three years ago.....I think the bulk of German were willing to accept this as part of the system. Today? Roughly fifty to sixty percent of German society are frustrated and shaking their head over movement into the world of integration. Some (probably in the range of 15-percent) are willing to vote for the AfD Party.....to send a message to Berlin about the frustration they have. Some of the political parties are worried about the stability of their political system and where this will lead onto.
Perhaps in a year or two....some journalist will finally wake up and utter the phrase assimilataphobia and it'll suddenly be some catch-phrase of German society.