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Brexit and Multiculturalism

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The U.K is one of the most diverse nations in the world; this diversity has long been celebrated as an indication of an inclusive and tolerant society.

1. How has Brexit impacted Black and Minority Ethnic groups in the UK?
2. How has Brexit made members of minority groups feel?
3. How can the UK ensure that multicultural values are upheld after a highly divisive Brexit?
4. Has Brexit impacted what it means to be British?

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Eduardo Scheuren
by Eduardo Scheuren
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Eduardo Scheuren

Majorities of the population in each of the nations in the United Kingdom identify primarily as English, Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish first before recognizing their British identity. The 2011 census showed that 70% of the people of England ticked the “English” box but the vast majority of them did not also tick the “British” box, even though they were able to tick more than one. This case was much more likelier with white people than non-whites meaning that multiculturalism may have...

Jay Shin
by Jay Shin
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Jay Shin

People often wonder what Brexit could mean to multiculturalism in Britain. However, being British is inherently multicultural. The British identity is an amalgamation of English, Welsh, Scots, and Irish (at least in the north) identities. There is no true "pure" British identity. Rather it was a developed identity formed over centuries as the different cultures that inhabited the British Isles came together. This is not to say that there is fairness and equality within Britain; there is a...

Bryan Chen
by Bryan Chen
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Bryan Chen

After more thought on the underlying assumptions of Brexit and its ties with multiculturalism, I have changed my opinion on cultural diversity in a post-Brexit UK. Many posts on this forum, mine included, have argued that multiculturalism and Brexit are two antithetical concepts. While some may claim that populism fuelled Brexit, the ideology and real-life implications often vary. Therefore, the distinction between the ideology behind Brexit and Brexit itself is important in this regard....

Alex Tai
by Alex Tai
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Alex Tai

This interesting video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWGMvmAlIvA ) discusses showcases varying viewpoints on the younger generation and how they feel about the British identity. Here are some quotes from the video: “Collective of countries together working together. We’re independent as countries but we work well together” “I’m Welsh, so to me it is like a collective identity. It’s nice that all of us being part of the UK is something that we can feel together as well as be...

Jay Shin
by Jay Shin
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Jay Shin

Brexit has introduced drastic changes for the ethnic minority sector specifically in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) highlights that in terms of ethnic minorities they are concerned of possible deportation, racial profiling and discourse, access to right and services and other threats to their security. They also raise that many questions remained unanswered such as provisions for frontier workers and if there will be a divergence of rights among...

Dylan Polley
by Dylan Polley
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Dylan Polley

The Erasmus Exchange program gives university students across Europe the chance to experience life in another country for a short period time. The program promotes the free movement of ideas, knowledge, and culture across Europe. Following Brexit, the UK should remain a part of the program to ensure European students have the opportunity to explore the UK's education system and British culture. The program promotes cultural respect between European nations, and this respect has never been...

Zachary Griggs
by Zachary Griggs
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Zachary Griggs

According to police reports on hate crime in Britain, the number of hate crimes have increased by a shocking 123% since 2012, and records have noted “spikes in hate crime following certain events such as the EU referendum and the terrorist attacks in 2017” (Weaver, first link). This leads me to believe that Brexit has made minority groups feel uncomfortable if the referendum spiked hate crimes, especially when 76% of the hate crimes involved race. The increase in hate crimes is partially...

Jay Shin
by Jay Shin
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Jay Shin

According to the Guardian, "a large minority of people, [40%], in the UK believe multiculturalism has undermined British culture and that migrants do not properly integrate, according to some of the broadest research into the population’s attitudes to immigration." Although it is easy to be aghast at this number, considering that the UK has presented itself as one of the bastions of multicultural success and representation, we must realize that dissent has always been part of British...

Dharaa Rathi
by Dharaa Rathi
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Dharaa Rathi

BAME, also known as Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups, can describe the people who likely voted to remain a part of the European Union. There are, however; some people from this group that voted to leave the European Union. This is largely due to the fear of Neo-Nazis arriving in the UK, and the large amount of cheap workers arriving into the UK and risking job opportunities for them. This disparity within ethnic minority groups drives an interesting question: Overall is Brexit...

Miguel Huertas
by Miguel Huertas
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