The Advantages and Disadvantages of Multiculturalism

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Multiculturalism

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Multiculturalism n.

Multiculturalism is where a variety of many different cultural/ethnic groups live together within the same society. In a multicultural society, there is not an official culture that every person must be a part of. Instead, all cultures are respected as much as each other. In general, a multicultural society is formed when people from many different countries all migrate to one place. For example, 10% of the UK’s population consists of different racial groups. Multicultural cities are called cosmopolitans.

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If you walk down any bustling London street, it is likely you will come across many people from different cultural backgrounds. For London now speaks over 200 languages and the diversity of different cultures within London is so great that easy definition is impossible. The city is home to over 300 nationalities that have over time moulded and shaped London’s culture to what it is today.

Even so, it is not just London that is now considered multicultural; Toronto, Sydney, Miami and New York are also considered among the top five most cosmopolitan cities. However, is it a good thing or a bad thing for a city to be multicultural? In determining whether being a multicultural society has more advantages or disadvantages, both sides of the argument need to be weighed.

Advantages of Multiculturalism

Everything we see around us has been influenced in some way by different cultures – our clothes, daily routine, music, food, art, sport and poetry are all as they are because they have been mixed with our knowledge of different cultural features.

Through multiculturalism, we have opened our minds and have had the opportunity to learn about many different things: plus the country has benefited from it economically in many ways. What is more, living in such a society makes people more tolerant of each other, even if they are from very different backgrounds.

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