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What does multiculturalism mean?

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Pundits have reacted to a speech in which David Cameron argued multiculturalism had "failed". But what does the term mean?
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Immigration Legislation in Britain

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Before 1962 there was an 'open door' tradition for Commonwealth Immigrants. In fact the British Nationality Act of 1948 uses the terms 'Commonwealth citizen' and 'British subject' as one and the same thing.
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Margarita Gulidina's comment, May 8, 2013 6:59 AM
A look at how the media in Britain viewed people, often refugees, arriving from other parts of the world during the 20th century helps provide a perspective on some of the current issues. In an informative article Gavin Schaffer, of the University of Portsmouth, illustrates the continuing tension between:
• Britain’s self-image as a country that could be relied on to provide refuge for vulnerable and persecuted individuals, and
• the fear of being changed by the ‘incomers’ or of immigrants taking advantage of British hospitality.Using the media as an admittedly imperfect barometer of at least part of the public's attitudes, we see The Daily Mail in early 1940 featuring headlines such as “Luxury war for aliens”, and “Immigrants off to the seaside” – referring primarily to Jewish refugees from Hitler's depredations. This contrasted with the way the paper portrayed refugees from Belgium. For example: in May 1940, referring to the Belgian refugees, the Daily Mail spokeof gatherings of 'tired, forlorn groups' who 'clutched small bundles of household treasure' while 'tiny children, dirty and weary... whimpered at their feet'. German and Austrian refugees, many of them Jewish, were described as people who: “own their own cars, own their luxury homes and live in unlimited freedom in the Isle of Man” (History Today, Vol 56, January 2006.)
In recent times, The Daily Mail and other popular papers (and, it must be said, along with many in the political establishment), have seen asylum seekers and immigrants as a potential security threat. In the Mail's case, this contrasted with a robust attack in 2005 on the Home Office for attempting to send back failed asylum seekers from Zimbabwe. Public discourse has also seen mainstream politicians appearing to be hesitant in defending refugee groups and immigrants in general, or (at least) vigorously explaining the context in which such movements take place.
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A white British minority

A white British minority | multiculturalism | Scoop.it
WHITE Brits are now a minority in three more UK towns and cities to go with London: Leicester, Luton and Slough
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