From London to New York, and from Sao Paulo to Singapore, some cities have managed to contain the entire world. Successive waves of immigrants brought with them a piece of their ancient homelands and put a stamp on their new home, creating diverse cultural environments filled with amazing restaurants, festivals, and art theaters. Below we’ll look at some of the most multicultural cities in the world.
Known as a place to welcome immigrants and asylum seekers, Amsterdam, the largest city in the Netherlands, proudly hosts a diverse population. With nearly 178 different cultural backgrounds, the country’s capital is a dynamic mix of friendly people from all over the world. This global city has a multi-lingual group of people. For new residents who can not speak Dutch, the city offers many “mostly free” language classes to help them. Amsterdam also hosts many cultural events throughout the year, which confirms its global view, including DRONGO, a multilingual event.
As the largest city in the UK, London is home to the most ethnically diverse population. From India to Jamaica to Ghana and many countries, the world is truly represented in this vital region. About a third of people from London are born abroad, and although the official language is English, lively streets are full of international languages. More than 200 languages are spoken. While many people have chosen London as their new home, they still love their culture and share it in many ways, including tasty food and festivals such as the Notting Hill Carnival.
Located in southern California, Los Angeles is one of the most multicultural cities around the world, with people from nearly 140 different countries speaking in about 86 different languages. With its immigration-sensitive laws, it is a favorite place for those looking for a new life in the United States. The city also has the distinction of being a place without a population, creating a truly vibrant cultural scene. Los Angeles is crowded with cultural neighborhoods, including Korea Town, Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights, a popular area of Latin society.
While the subject of migration is not common in France – as in many countries – there is no doubt that Paris contains a variety of world cultures. Although it is difficult to determine the exact number of foreigners living in Paris, and the laws of France prohibit the question of the number of races, independent questionnaires put the percentage anywhere between 14% to 20%, with the majority of immigrants coming from outside Europe. Visitors will find many mechanical neighborhoods in Paris. For example, Chinatown in the 13th province is a vibrant community of different Asian cultures, while the characteristic Belleville (10th, 11th, 19th, and 20th districts) is beautiful and multicultural with African, Jewish and Asian races.
One of the most diverse cities in the world, New York is a delightful city nestled on the east coast of the United States of America. Consisting of five neighborhoods, Queens is the most diverse, with people from India, Korea and Brazil for example. Reported in 2017 in a report that the languages are spoken where sailors “Queens” more than anywhere else in the world. In 1984, the New York City-Friendly Immigration Office established the Immigrant Affairs Office, which developed a number of programs to assist those who moved to the city from abroad.
Another hub of Californian multiculturalism, San Francisco is smaller than many other cities mentioned so far, but only in the global. Many immigrants call this the “city of 49 square miles”, with the largest group emerging from China. Others come from places like Germany, Italy, Mexico, and India. The city has vibrant neighborhoods, including Chinatown, Mission District, and North Beach, and is also known for its multi-cultural heritage through various festivals and events throughout the year. This includes the festival and the Chinese New Year, which has been placed in one of the top 10 performances in the world, and the Ethnic Dance Festival, a celebration of the different San Francisco Bay communities through dance.
Located in southeastern Brazil, Sao Paulo – known locally as Samba – is one of the most multicultural cities, if not the most, in South America. While migration may not be as prevalent as in previous years, the diverse population of the city is a product of the large waves of immigrants that began in 1870. From Italy to Lebanon, many countries are represented throughout the largest city in Brazil and this is evident in the scenery of the city’s cuisine and its religious features and lanes. Visitors can also tour Bella Vista, also known as Pixiga, for Italy’s experience in Sao Paulo or the Liberdade district, the Japanese Quarter.
Singapore is a multicultural, multicultural region. Not only because it is a city, but also very small compared to other places on the list, after gaining independence in 1965. These small island people are proud of the diverse cultures and religions that exist together. While the majority of its population is of Chinese origin, but other ethnic groups such as Malay, Indian and Eurasian. The small minority consists of people from the United States of America and Canada. In an effort to ensure smooth communication, Singapore also boasts four official languages: English, Malay, North Chinese (Mandarin) and Tamil.
Sydney, on the east coast of Australia, is a vibrant city with multicultural and vibrant features. While English is the official language of Australia, the city is home to nearly 250 different languages thanks to people coming from Vietnam, the Philippines, Italy and many places internationally. As they celebrate their multicultural society as much as possible, Sydney also hosts events and festivals that promote cultural awareness. One of the most common events is “Living in Harmony” or “Living in Harmony”, a one-month celebration of the diversity of the cultural city through a range of festivals and events.
Toronto is often referred to as “the most multicultural city in the world” because of the fact that about half of its population is born abroad. The city boasts 200 ethnic groups with more than 140 different languages spoken by its inhabitants. People from Britain, Ireland, China, and Italy, to name a few, represent some of the major cultural groups. While smaller communities include groups from Iran, the Netherlands, Nepal, and Romania. Toronto also has dozens of world-renowned neighborhoods to explore, including Chinatown, the Greek Quarter, Ronsisavaya Village, Little Italy and Little India.