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According to the article, multiculturalism "...encourages [immigrant] communities to participate fully in society by enhancing their level of economic, social, and cultural integration into the host culture(s)." That sounds like assimilation to me, not multiculturalism! 220.127.116.11 (talk) 00:19, 6 December 2011 (UTC)
I think the idea, I'm no expert, is that multiculturalism encourages people with an ethnic background to maintain their culture AND also integrate into national life. For example, Hispanics who continue to maintain and celebrate their culture and language in the United States should not suffer a diminution in status because of that, nor should any other ethnic group. User:Fred BauderTalk 12:13, 22 August 2012 (UTC)
"Ethnic" background ? Everyone has a ethnic background. You should clarify what you are trying to say. 18.104.22.168 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 08:23, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
Wiley abstract. E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century The 2006 Johan Skytte Prize Lecture by Robert D. Putnam DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9477.2007.00176.x Scandinavian Political Studies, Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 137–174, June 2007. User:Fred BauderTalk 11:49, 22 August 2012 (UTC)
I think there would be an explicit definition (if not a separate article) needed for ethnic diversity. I see multiculturalism as a policy or a philosophy (see eg. ) and ethnic diversity as a quality that is quantifiable and measurable in time and space.--Qtea (talk) 21:57, 15 November 2012 (UTC)
25% of saudi Arabia is foreign born. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 09:35, 3 November 2012 (UTC)
Saudi Arabia is in fact one of the least tolerant countries for diversity of any kind - no place of worship except mosques, persecution of Shia, textbook controversy. Multiculturalism is not about WHO is in the country, but HOW they are treated Indiasummer95 (talk) 14:20, 17 March 2013 (UTC)
Inappropriate to Merge with Multiculturalism
It is utterly inappropriate to merge the article for Interculturalism with that for Multiculturalism. The whole point of interculturalism is that it is distinct from multiculturalism. While multiculturalism prioritizes the preservation of cultures as separate but equal sub-groupings within society (for example - with parents raising children to continue their cultural beliefs and practices), interculturalism welcomes exchange and hybridization of cultures and values. It is not the intent of interculturalism to have "newcomers" assimilate into a dominant, matrix culture, or to have different cultures "melt" into one uniform culture. Rather, interculturalism aims to maintain a space in which individuals born into one culture are free and supported in picking in choosing elements from other cultures. While assimilationists might envision the children of Muslim immigrants to Quebec adopting christianity, and multiculturalists envision muslim parents raising muslim children, interculturalists envision a society where the children of Muslim parents grow up to be Bhuddists, and where the children of Jewish and Catholic parents adopt Islam. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 01:40, 12 June 2013 (UTC)
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