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Toronto, A melting pot of cultural diversity

Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario and the centre of the Greater Toronto Area is also the most populous metropolitan area in Canada. The country’s 2011 census revealed that the city is home to 2,615,060, making it the fifth largest city in North America - a figure which has undoubtedly grown in the past five years.

Toronto A Melting Pot Of Cultural Diversity

A city report released in 2013 shows the city is now the fourth most populous city in North America, after Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles and is considered an alpha global city. Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture and is widely recognized as one of the (if not the most) multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world. This is something that certainly appeals to migrants from all over the world and especially those from South Africa looking for a acceptance and a fair chance in a foreign country.

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“Toronto's crown as most diverse city in the world is often taken for granted by those who live here, but it's actually quite rare for this title to be given out in any official capacity. The majority of global urban diversity rankings pull together short lists of cities that are the most multicultural, but resist declaring a winner based on statistical shortcomings,” commented blogto.com on a recent BBC Radio announcement which outright declared Toronto the Most Diverse City in the World.

The writer further suggests that the biggest problem with diversity rankings is that they tend to rely too heavily on one unit of measurement, namely the percentage of a population born in a foreign country. Such a yardstick, however, fails to take into account the total range of ethnicities found in a given city and necessarily ignores the presence of second generation immigrants.

For this reason, a city like Dubai ranks at near the top of some diversity ratings with a whopping 83 per cent of its population born in another country. That number doesn't tell the whole story, though. While the percentage of foreign-born residents is very high, the total number of countries from which they derive is quite low.

According to statistic released by Canada Immigration and Citizenship Toronto really holds claim to being the city housing a population most representative of other world nationalities. The city’s population is made up of 51 per cent of residents born outside of Canada, but is also home to 230 different nationalities, which makes it far more diverse than Dubai. According to the statistical analysis done by the BBC – based on the same grounds – Brussels would be the second most diverse city in the world, followed by a joint third place of London, Auckland and Los Angeles.

The United Nations Development Programme seconds the findings of the BBC’s statement confirming that while Toronto has the second-highest percentage of constant foreign-born population among world cities, after Miami, Florida no single nationality or culture dominates Toronto's immigrant population, placing it among the most diverse cities in the world.

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Visible minorities are projected to increase to 63% of the city's population by 2031. Over 100,000 immigrants arrive in the Greater Toronto Area annually – and for good reason!

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