Multiculturalism Leads to an Open Society: Benefits of Multiculturalism on Canada’s Society

Known for being the most welcoming country in the world for refugees, Canada continues to accept hundreds of thousands of migrants all over the world at a constant rate. In fact, according to the U.S. News, it was shown that Canada received 321,045 migrants in 2018, which was ‘bolstered by U.N. data showing the country accepted more refugees in 2018 than any other country’. Thereupon, as Canada accepts large amounts of immigrants every year at increasing numbers, the impact of mass migration, and thus the growing multiculturalism, can clearly be demonstrated in Canada’s modern society through positive outcomes and benefits such as a decrease in biased - and prejudiced - views, decrease in racism, and an increase in economic growth and activity.



First and foremost, multiculturalism has been shown to decrease prejudiced views on racial minorities. As people become surrounded by a variety of racial minorities, in workplaces, schools, and more, people naturally become more tolerant towards minorities and thus become less prejudiced as they have more opportunities to engage - and become more familiar - with various racial minorities and their cultures. In fact, new researches have shown that ‘multicultural exposure led to a reduction in stereotype endorsement’ and through their six researches, they have also discovered that ‘multicultural experience plays a critical role in increasing social tolerance’.


Through these kinds of more socially-tolerant societies, where people have higher opportunities to engage with people from diverse racial backgrounds, it aids in decreasing racism as well. By having a multicultural society and hence having students of all backgrounds in schools - and institutions - across the country, it is only natural that education systems of such countries encourage and educate their youth in regards to anti-racism and Canada, with such a diverse population, has anti-racism education that dates back decades. In fact, according to the Best Countries Report, Canada has been ranked as the second country with the least racism.


Furthermore, as the strength of Canada’s economy is ‘measured in part by the number of people working and paying taxes to fund our public services’, with immigration, Canada’s economy continues to grow and by doing so, Canada is not only creating jobs for new immigrants, but continues to provide a place for many refugees - and migrants - to escape their own struggling country and build a new life - and career - in Canada; a notable win-win situation.


Therefore, in my final analysis, multiculturalism can not only help enrich societies by having diverse racial minorities share their different cultural ideologies, perspectives, and customs, but as Canada’s multicultural society prospers, the nation also benefits in other ways, including a rise in racial tolerance and continuous economic growth. By continuing this multicultural growth, Canada could potentially set an international standard and help pave the way for an ideal society.


Note/Disclaimer:


The above mentioned in regards to having lower rates of racial discriminations and an anti-racism education that dates back decades in Canada (in paragraph 3), is not to say that the country does not face any concerns in regards to racial discrimniation, which, we must admit, is an ongoing global issue. Rather, the point of this discussion is to illustrate the fact that, compared to countries with less diversity, multiculturalism has resulted in a more open society in Canada.



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