Nativism is the political policy or practice of preserving or reviving an indigenous culture.

Nativism History by Laura Perkins


However this is currently more commonly described as an anti-immigrant position considering the policy to be one of protecting native interests against those of immigrants.

What is Nativism? by Jared Edelstein


According to Fetzer, opposition to immigration commonly arises in many countries because of issues of national, cultural, and religious identity.

Opposition to immigration exists in most nation-states with immigration, and has become a significant political issue in many countries.


The phenomenon has been studied especially in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States, as well as in Europe in recent years, where immigration is seen as lowering the wages of the natives.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands.

New Zealand is an island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.


Thus nativism has become a general term for "opposition to immigration" based on fears that the immigrants will distort or spoil existing cultural values.

In ethics, value denotes the degree of importance of some thing or action, with the aim of determining what actions are best to do or what way is best to live, or to describe the significance of different actions.


In situations where immigrants greatly outnumber the original inhabitants, nativistic movements can allow cultural survival.


In scholarly studies nativism is a standard technical term.


The term is typically not accepted by those who hold this political view, however.


Dindar wrote "nativists...

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do not consider themselves as nativists.


For them it is a negative term and they rather consider themselves as 'Patriots.


'" Anti-immigration offers a more neutral term for opposition to immigration.

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