Wednesday, 28 September 2011

This graphic shows the level of official multiculturalism in different countries at the level of government policy, and how it has changed over time. This is called the Multiculturalism Policy Index (MCP Index). The measure has been created as part of a multicult propaganda programme, financed by the British Council and the EU. More information here.

It is interesting to see that it is not European countries that are the 'extremists' as far as their official embrace of multiculturalism is concerned, but Australia and Canada, although Sweden is doing its best to catch up. Also interesting is that the Netherlands has defied the trend of ever-increasing multiculturalism, and was significantly less multicultural in 2010 than it had been in 2000.

Extracts from a report that compares the MPI scores of different countries:
The countries were each evaluated for an official affirmation of multiculturalism; multiculturalism in the school curriculum; inclusion of ethnic representation/sensitivity in public media and licensing; exemptions from dress codes in public laws; acceptance of dual citizenship; funding of ethnic organizations to support cultural activities; funding of bilingual and mother-tongue instruction; and affirmative action for immigrant groups.

...The evidence from these indices indicates that, despite Chancellor Merkel's reproach of multiculturalism, Germany is not a country of strong multicultural policies. In fact, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland are among the least multicultural of all countries measured, though Germany has adopted more multicultural policies over time. Belgium, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States all rank as moderate multicultural countries, while Canada and Australia rank highest as having adopted the broadest range of multicultural policies.

In many of the countries analyzed, we find an increase in the number of multicultural policies over time – a perhaps surprising development given current political rhetoric. Sweden's multicultural policies in 1980 and 2000 could be categorized as modest, for instance, but by 2010 they were widespread and strong. Spain and Portugal, countries with very little international migration in 1980 and correspondingly weak multicultural policies, had moved to a moderate level of multicultural policy development by 2010.

This suggests that actual policy in many countries is slowly inching toward greater accommodation of pluralism, despite the political rhetoric around the perceived problems of diversity. Of course, policy developments are a moving target. While the general trend is toward a greater range of multicultural policies in most Western countries, some nations, like the United States, have experienced no appreciable change in national multiculturalism.

MCP Index reports are available in different languages here.


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