Extract from an article by Ivan Krastev, chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Bulgaria, in The New York Times, February 9
Unlike the first generation of immigrants, who were eager to prove their utility to the host state, the second generation, while better integrated, expresses humiliation at having to imbibe the norms of others. Many in this second generation have graduated from German schools and were socialized in Germany, but they are using their education and freedom to grapple with their complex identities, and chafing under parental and social pressure to conform.
These children of immigrants don’t dream of returning to their familial or national past. But they are eager to make their way, and frustrated by the prospect of being second-class citizens.