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Ethnic minorities remain concentrated in the inner areas of many MEDC cities. Evaluate this statement with reference to specific examples from your studies.

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Ethnic Minorities Ethnic minorities remain concentrated in the inner areas of many MEDC cities. Evaluate this statement with reference to specific examples from your studies. (Carr P175-P180 and Independent Review) It can be said that ethnic minorities do remain concentrated in the inner areas of many MEDC cities, as can be seen in the 1991 census data, which shows disproportional numbers of ethnic minorities in London and major cities in the Midlands and the North of England. This can also be seen in the USA but is more significant as ethnic minorities make up a much lager proportion of the population, due to the higher rate of natural increase amongst the Hispanic and Asian segments of the ethnic groups, as well as their continued immigration into the cities. A centre for such cultural diversity in the USA is New York, which has the highest proportion of ethnic minorities amongst its population. The distribution of ethnic minorities around the county is also similar with the UK and USA for example most black people are concentrated in the north of the USA and most Hispanic people are concentrated to the South and the West Coast. ...read more.

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come from would be widely spoken and specialist services such as Chinese supermarkets would spring up in areas of large ethnic concentrations and this would in turn attract more immigrants to this area and increase polarisation. After the initial 20 years of migration, the number of job vacancies decreased therefore the migration that has happened since the late 1960's has been an influx of dependants of people already here and the increase of ethnic minorities has also been down to high natural increase in these areas, giving many third generation ethnic minority British citizens. Another reason for the high concentration of ethnic minorities in cities when compared with rural areas is that the immigrants have been unwilling to assimilate and disperse into the surrounding areas because of the safety in numbers factor, which has lead to racial tension in cites when groups of young white people clash with young minority groups as was seen in the recent riots in Bradford. In the USA, as with the UK, the particular point of entry for certain ethnic groups can be easily identified, for example most Hispanic people live along the USA-Mexico border or in the South West as they have crossed over the border, in some cases illegally. ...read more.

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This means that the area remains poor and of lower class as the higher standing members of the ethnic community move out to the suburbs once they can afford it. This is, however, restricted as access to housing in suburban areas is limited in an attempt to maintain house prices in an area. This practise has been stopped by legislation to prevent it and several high profile investigations in the USA have helped to reduce the amount of this that goes on however it is still accepted that there is still prejudice against ethnic minorities wanting to move out of their traditional central areas that they inhabit. Also, modern public policies are tailored towards equal rights for ethnic minorities and in some cases positive discrimination against the majority white population in an attempt to integrate them more into society and cause dispersal. In conclusion, the UK like the USA and Western Europe is a multicultural society where ethnic minorities maintain their own culture and their own distinctive residential areas, which stem from the time when immigration initially took place and the indirect discrimination and unwillingness to integrate of ethnic minorities. ...read more.

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