Saturday, December 29, 2007

Toronto Catches Up With New York, London as Most Diverse City

According to a Reuters report, Toronto "may be pushing past New York and London as the world's most diverse city, with half its residents born outside of Canada:"

"Certainly there's no doubt Toronto is one of the world's most multicultural cities. It's catching up to New York and London, but it's still the younger one," said Michael Doucet, geography professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Toronto has about a third the population of either London or New York, but beats both of them in terms of the percentage of foreign-born residents, according to the government statistics, which were released this month.

...Because diversity is up for interpretation, there could be other contenders too. Paris, Los Angeles and a handful of other cities could also have a strong claim to be the world's most diverse, officials say.

Toronto, London and New York all have laws on multiculturalism, race relations, or immigrant health and safety as ways to ensure that the cultural mix doesn't become an explosive one.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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