“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
Exposure to diverse cultures may not be a magical solution to eliminate hate and prejudice in the world, but it does its share of work in changing perceptions. Travel is a great way to immerse in local culture and interact with people who may live by different beliefs and practices. While many countries have one cultural identity that stand out, there are ethnically diverse societies across the globe where different cultures co-exist. Here are some of the most multicultural cities in the world that can give you a glimpse of how diversity can be a platform in promoting respect and tolerance.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The city has long been associated with tolerance. It is one of Europe’s most culturally diverse cities with 180 different nationalities. Amsterdam not only welcomes people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. It also has anti-discriminatory policies in place including not just those aimed in protecting ethnic minorities but also the LGBT community.
The population of Dubai is made up of roughly less than 17% Emiratis with the rest comprising of expatriates from many countries around the world. Many of the city’s workers come from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines. Other countries with citizens living in Dubai include Australia, Canada, France, South Africa, UK, and the US.
Roughly more than 3 million people living in London are born outside the country. The top five countries of birth of some of London’s residents are India, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Ireland. Many other countries make up the list including Nigeria, Romania, Sri Lanka, Italy, France, and Jamaica to name a few. As a culturally diverse city, London is a melting pot of cultures that come with more than 200 spoken languages all together.
Los Angeles, USA
Los Angeles is home to a population mostly coming from approximately 140 countries. Close to a hundred languages are spoken on a day to day basic in this city. Neighborhoods like Chinatown, Historic Filipinotown, Koreatown, Little Bangladesh, Little Tokyo, and more provide a glimpse into the unique and diverse nature of its cultural landscape.
Toronto is home to 200 ethnic groups living. And there are more than 140 languages spoken in the city. Countries with people living in Toronto include China, Ireland, Italy, Nepal, the Netherlands, and UK among many others. Some of the neighborhoods that showcase the city’s multicultural diversity include Chinatown, Little Italy, and Little India among others.