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.

It has taken a while to get to the point where we are all accepting each other’s cultures and ways of life. Finally, our lives intertwine (cultural diffusion) to create a fascinating hybrid culture to live in. Many cities around the world have benefited massively from immigration and multiculturalism, most famously Toronto.

Therefore, what would our country be like if Britain had never accepted diverse cultures into our own country? Well, it would have a very different fashion industry… Never heard of The Simpsons… or Friends… Fewer sports… No World Cups… No Barbie… No Reggae… No fast food or takeaways…

Well I think you get the picture - our lives would be very different, that’s for sure.

In addition, the renowned, economically well off and most interesting cities of the world are, coincidentally, always the cosmopolitan cities. I wonder why..!

Replacement Labour Force will save the government money as they won’t have to pay immigrants so much and there will be more than enough people looking for work so every job is done.

Plus, the less well off immigrants buy the inner-city slums and regenerate them into areas full of character with lively shops and restaurants and lovely houses: which are then bought back by the ‘better off’; the immigrants then move onto another area or have more money to buy a better house.

Multiculturalism really does benefit all…

Disadvantages

It would be naïve to deny that the lives of ethnic minorities aren’t always easy. These people must try to adapt and it’s always hard to change many aspects of their daily life. Sometimes they are treated as if they were not worth the name of a citizen and they feel like visitors in their hometown. In addition, they might tend to be aggressive. One of the reasons that causes terrorism is indifference in society. This misunderstanding and intolerance to citizens of different nationalities may cause brutal terrorist acts and take the lives of many innocent people.

Minority groups can get a lot of...
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