Multiculturalism in CanadianAccording to the HYPERLINK “https://globalnews.ca/tag/census-2016/” 2016 census released Wednesday by HYPERLINK “https://globalnews.ca/tag/statistics-canada” Statistics Canada, more than 20 percent of Canadians were HYPERLINK “https://globalnews.ca/tag/canadian-immigration/” born in another country.
Canada believes the trend will continue, projecting that by 2036, 28.2 per cent of Canadians will have been born somewhere else. (Young. L, 2017). Multiculturalism is often seen as a defining aspect of Canadian identity, and it is very rare to hear complaints such as this one in any Canadian city. Canadians also tend to have a much more positive opinion of immigration than any other country. Immigrants bringing with them their hopes, dreams and cultures. It can generate serious challenges.
Not all people agree that multiculturalism has only positive effects on Canada. However, it is evidence that Canada’s policy on multiculturalism have had many positive effects on Canadian society, such as less racism, diversity cultures and economic benefits.First of all, one of the positive effects of multiculturalism in Canada is that there is less racism. Many different ethnic groups have been in living with each other for a long time, they begin to understand each other more, and therefore feel closer and more connected to each other (LeBaron, 2003). Some opponents insist that it can create racism. Immigrants bring with them cultures and histories of conflict in their home countries to Canada. It can lead to problems that could include violence and discrimination (The conversation.com, 2016).
However, one approach to interaction among cultures is assimilation. Canada is a nation with a full awareness of the changing and fluid nature of their own culture. Therefore, this results in less racism and prejudice towards one another.Second, Another positive effect that multiculturalism has had on Canada is that Canada is now a country so diverse and so rich in culture. There are amounts of idea, opinions and lifestyles to explore. People will benefits because they can learn more about different races and can develop a greater understanding of the cultures around them. Especially, the traditional image of the melting pot has been replaced by the metaphor of a “mosaic”.
This mosaic represents multiculturalism in Canada, an attitude that encourages people to embrace cultural differences rather than expecting minority cultures to assimilate into dominant one. The policy is designed not only to resolve conflicts between immigrants and native people, but also to integrate society and improve national competitiveness. Without multiculturalism, Canada would not be so rich in art and culture traditions (LeBaron, 2003).
Finally, immigrants add to Canada’s economy. Without immigrants, Canada’s population would be very small. It makes economy weak. They pay taxes, create jobs and spread new technologies.
Some opponents insist that immigrants take jobs away and destroy economies in host countries. For example, since the 2008 global financial crisis, European countries have begun to tighten their immigration regulations because they feared that immigrants might take their jobs away. In addition, it is also true that continued terror in Europe is changing the policies of the refugees and immigrants. Nevertheless, immigrants play an important role in many countries. In the United States, Immigrants created a lot of international companies in Silicon Valley, such as Apple, Yahoo, Google and Amazon.
Many immigrants not only won the Nobel prize, but also received awards at the Academy Award film. Immigrants expand the economy’s productive capacity by stimulatinginvestment and promoting specialization, which produces efficiency gains and boosts income per worker.In conclusion, Canada has benefited from multiculturalism. This is a policy that achieve social cohesion by reducing discrimination, learning from various cultures and helping economically.
Canada has become an model of social cohesion in an increasingly globalised world. No system is perfect , but generally speaking, multiculturalism works. Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that “diversity is our powder”. (Guardian.com, 2015).
Those who claim otherwise, or who are simply struggling to apply such a policy in their own countries, should look to Canada’s success as a model to adapt.ReferencesLiBaron, M. (2003). Culture and Conflict. Beyond Intractability.
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