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Should a country have the right to enforce culture on those seeking Citizenship?

Should a country have the right to enforce their culture on those seeking citizenship? Should this right be allowed to infringe upon religious observation and freedom? Take a look at the following article where those seeking Swiss citizenship were denied after refusing to shake hands.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45232147

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Discussion with Jeremy Williams
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Jeremy Williams4 months ago
A Country absolutely should have complete control and ownership over their immigration laws and 'regulations'. This particular instance seems odd, but from a legal standpoint a country is not 'required' to accept everyone; or anyone for that matter.
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I agree. If you're moving to another country you should be open to accept their culture, otherwise, stick to the culture you're familiar with back home.
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RoamTravelShow .1 months ago
What countries enforce their culture on an individual? Does Japan? Does Norway? Does Canada? What is the definition of 'enforce'? From my understanding, if you wanted to celebrate Christmas in any of those countries you'd be able to. Or if you wanted to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr you could. At the same time, their heritages and traditions in those countries are promoted and people living in those countries are encouraged to know and understand the history and heritage the nation is from. On the other hand... if the definition of 'enforce' were to mean that myself and my wife had to dress a certain way at all times, adhere to religious practices that were not my own, were not allowed in public without following certain rules or laws then I'd disagree with that nation. I think it's entirely possible for a nation to promote and embrace their heritage while simultaneously allowing the freedom of will and choice for individuals to express their own identities.
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Very well put, I agree completely.
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Edgar Becerra3 months ago
I think a country should definitly have the right
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Mauricio Miranda3 months ago
yes they should have the right to enforce their culture on those seeking citizenship but they should not be denied for not shaking hands it is truly disrespectful but that shale not be a reason to deny citenzinship.
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Brianna Ramirez3 months ago
I don't think they should , I think that we have the ability to chose what we want to do and say . Also we are a good and hardworking country , we look after our citizens and I think anybody who wants to become a citizen should be able. Many people come here to find a better life for them and there families. we should give them that opportunity for there life .
Discussion with Gerardo Zuniga
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Gerardo Zuniga3 months ago
A country should not have the right to enforce a culture on those seeking citizenship because we shouldn't be able to control our population due to their race, culture, and religion. This right should not be allowed to infringe religious observation and freedom.
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Jeremy Williams3 months ago
100% agree. But how do you legislate in such a way that gives a Country the right to control their borders, but still allows people to maintain their freedoms in the process of immigration? As someone who has immigrated from one country to another I feel very strongly that there is an expectation that I will respect and value the local customs and traditions... But at the same time I bring with me a lot of the cultural differences from where I came
Discussion with Jonthan Esparza
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Jonthan Esparza3 months ago
I believe a country should not have the right to enforce their culture on those seeking citizenship; no government, no higher power should be allowed to enforce their culture. A person should be allowed to believe in what they want to believe. If a country thinks you shouldn't have that right well then you shouldn't live in that country.
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Jeremy Williams3 months ago
This is a great point. For the sake of conversation I'd like to offer a counter-argument. If we think of a country as simply a collection of individuals who have decided to come together and create a single entity out of themselves - What is to be done if all the individuals have decided democratically that they want their country to be a certain way and preserve certain traditions? Are all those individuals to be forced by 'the government' into accepting contradictory cultures and ideas into their 'land'? As someone that grew up in Melbourne, Australia I personally favour cosmopolitanism and multi-culturalism - But I can kinda understand the argument that I just put forward when people express it as such
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Rosa Rodriguez3 months ago
I believe that a country shouldn't have the right to enforce their culture on those seeking citizenship. People have different views on topics and things and this should be respected by others. It is important to see others' circumstances and cultures. I also think diversity is important for a country.
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Jamileth Sanchez3 months ago
I believe that a country should not have the right to choice what you do and don´t do. I feel like a person has the right to be who they want to be and be as unique as they want to be. A person should also be able to choice what they want their religion to be. No one should have the power of ever saying how a person should be or what they should believe.
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Nevaeh Molina3 months ago
I feel a country shouldn't be able to enforce their culture on the people who are seeking citizenship. They should be able to believe what they want to. If a country forces everyone to believe the same thing and have the same cultural beliefs there will be no cultural diversity. Beliefs are what we want to believe and what you think is true not what someone else wants you to believe.
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Tiffany Garcia3 months ago
I believe they shouldn't be able to do that because you can just change a person by force. Forcing someone to do something shouldn't be allowed I understand if they should kind of implement some part of the culture, but if they don't want to they shouldn't have to. They should be and act like who they want to be not what others want them to be. The government shouldn't have a right to change you.
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Jose Morales3 months ago
No a country should only be able to enforce the laws.The culture of the country can not enforce culture.An immigrant does not have to embrace the cultures of the country they have migrated to
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Jamie Slaton3 months ago
I do not believe that a country should be allowed to force their culture or religion on to the people seeking citizenship. The country should be allowed to enforce rules and other legal regulations, but enforcing a culture or something else that doesn't do anything to protect the people shouldn't be allowed. It is unfair to force a person to change.
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Abigail Reyes3 months ago
A country shouldn't be able to choose someones religion or what they believe in because its there right to choose.
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Verenice Hernandez3 months ago
I believe that a country should definitely not be able to have the right to enforce their culture on those seeking citizenship. It is completely inappropriate that the government wants to try to do that. People should have the freedom to believe in whatever they want. When people come over the main reason is so that can have a better life and opportunities for them and their family because they didn't have that it their country. Since they left their country, their religion, beliefs, and culture is the only thing they have left with them.
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Mayra Lopez3 months ago
A country shouldn't have the right to enforce their culture on those seeking citizenship. The reason being is that the country can not control and cause this. This right should not be allowed to infringe upon these religious people. The people in the article should have hand shock, but they still didn't become Swiss citizens.
Discussion with Diego Cabrales
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Diego Cabrales3 months ago
I think that a person should have the right to believe what you want to believe in.People shouldn't be forced to do something that they don't want to.I think there should be a law where everyone globally agrees in.This would be a difficult law to enforce but I think it should be possible.There shouldn't be a force to stop us from living a better life than what we had before.There are some countries out there that kill their own people and make them suffer so we need a safe place to live.That's my personal opinion.
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Jeremy Williams3 months ago
@Diego - "People shouldn't be forced to do something that they don't want to". Wouldn't this also apply to the Swiss people not wanting to let people in who don't shake hands? Some would argue they shouldn't be forced to accept refugees if they don't want to. I agree that we need some kind of universal law. Perhaps something that builds on the UN charter for Human Rights?
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Nanci Barraza3 months ago
I believe that a country shouldn't have the right to just take someones citizenship just because of a handshake. Instead they should talk it over there's no need to take someones citizenship some people have their reasons why they don't want a hand shake it's their decision not others. I also believe that country shouldn't have the right to enforce someone seeking citizenship.
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Sheyla Ontiveros3 months ago
I am against a country enforcing their culture on people seeking a citizenship. When people have a different type of culture you should respect that, everyone is different and they shouldn't be forced to be something they don't want to be. In my opinion, we as people don't have a clue of what they've been through so they can go to a new country and have a better life. I think that everything they went through would not be worth it if you get to the country they wanted to get to and they see that people are discriminating them for not wanting to do thing against their culture or religion. If a country starts to enforce their culture/religion on citizens then a lot of people wouldn't travel around the world, I just think it's not necessary to tell someone what religion or culture they have to be to stay in a certain country. Honestly, would you like it if someone was telling you that you have to do something but, then you don't do it because it's against your culture/religion and now they want to take you citi