As the impending doom of Brexit looms over the head of a soon to be fragmented Britain it is hard to recognise London as a multicultural city in the face of uncertainty.
There are ever growing numbers of people from different background and ethnicities which symbolises a unification which no Brexit negotiation can break.
Statistics from ONS show that: “In cities such as London, 40% of the population is considered to have an ethnic background.”
London has evolved into a city which defies the stereotypical notion of Britishness which has been around for decades.
There is no such thing as Britishness in London, this can be seen in the many holidays that are celebrated through the year.
“London prides itself on its rich cultural heritage, its diversity that enables the coming together of different cultures and communities, an opportunity for people from all backgrounds to share and experience each other’s cultures.” David Ready reports from The Huffington Post.
From Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year to Australia Day there is no holiday which is not hugely celebrated by Londoners all around. With flatmates and friends from every corner on the world celebrations and traditions from other countries will not go uncelebrated.
Tom Joa, 22 from Alalbama said: Thanksgiving is such a major holiday at home for me and my family. Even though I couldn’t be home to celebrate it this year I knew I had to organize something here. I got my friend together and cooked them a good ole southern meal and we got to share that family experience.”
Due to the career opportunities which London hosts, the city is made up of a multicultural population.
ONS statistics identifies with the correlation between population growth and economic opportunities: “London has become UK’s economic powerhouse, sucking in people and investments, and is therefore experiencing the largest growth in population, mostly in Tower Hamlets and Newham.”
A question which is posed from the ongoing Brexit negotiations is that will population figures decrease due to the inhospitably Britain would show to immigrants coming from Europe? Most business hire workers from Europe this can be seen in the food sector especially.
Jacob Gorelka, 29 and manager of ITSU, a popular chain restaurant discusses the impact Brexit could potentially have on multiculturalism in London.
Prior to the lunchtime rush in the store on Regents Streets he said: “There will be a shortage of employees, most of our workers come from Europe so once Brexit kicks in there will be a vast decline in employees here.”
Elizabeth Askew, 31 from Adelaide South Australia, said: “Last year I went to a Straya day event at the Clapham Grand in the night time. It was fun, everyone came out to celebrate Australia day. Some were dressed up and some good ole Aussie music was played… Yes, I think London is a multicultural city, I mean it has to be considering its volume of people and the wide spread travellers that come through all the time.”
Millennials discuss the positive aspects of London remaining a multicultural city.
The integration of different cultures and experiencing traditions from other parts of the world adds a sense of community and belonging to a city which can make individuals feel isolated and lonely at times.
Sub Editor: Lisa Leroux
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