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Outline what is meant by a multicultural society, with reference to the UK at various different levels. Discuss the issues that have arisen form the development of multicultural societies. Discuss the different political attitudes to multiculturalism.

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Outline what is meant by a multicultural society, with reference to the UK at various different levels. Discuss the issues that have arisen form the development of multicultural societies. Discuss the different political attitudes to multiculturalism. (20 marks) A multicultural society is one which has a mix of a number of different races, cultures, languages or religions. In the UK, a predominantly white country, has some areas of very concentrated racial diversity such as in Bethnal Green in London where there is a large concentration of Bengali people. Some areas are still almost entirely white with areas such as Eastington in Country Durham only having a 2% diversity index. ...read more.

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The next wave was in the 1950's and 60's with a lot of Asians moving over to escape poverty in their home countries. More recently, in the last decade, there have been a lot of immigrants as a result of the EU allowing free migration between countries. There are a number of problems that have arisen as a result of countries such as the UK becoming more multicultural. Due to the fact that immigrants tend to come in waves and are generally from similar places, they tend to migrate to a certain area. This is due to a number of reasons such as being able to speak their own languages so as to make things easier to adapt and still retain some of their culture. ...read more.

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Some parties believe that it is a good thing and overall, the attitude towards it should be that the borders should be completely relaxed and allow people to come and go as they please. This is due to immigrants doing jobs that the indigenous population are actually unwilling to do and filling vacancies for jobs that are somewhat essential to the running of a society such as doctors and nurses. Other groups believe such as the British National Party believe that immigrants tend to scrounge off the welfare state and claim benefits that they aren't entitled to. However, it is very difficult to get benefits, especially if you are an immigrant. In actual fact, the best policy would be to find a happy medium in which immigration is controlled but not restricted completely as it is beneficial to an economy as a whole to have immigrants. ...read more.

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