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Britain today is a richly diverse society and culture. Its residents reflect a wide range of national, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds and mixtures.


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    Cultural diversity in Britain

    Britain is now a more diverse society - ethnically, racially and culturally - than ever before. Over the centuries, the contributions of people who have come to live in the UK have enriched the country. Immigration and ties with other countries have resulted in a dynamic economy with more jobs, access to crucial skills and new ideas, better public services and a richer cultural life.

    The British government has taken - and will continue to take - steps to tackle problems of discrimination and disadvantage through pioneering such things as race relations legislation which makes racial discrimination an unacceptable, and illegal practice, and through policy to redress disadvantage.

    The aim is to build thriving places where a fear of difference is replaced by a shared set of values and a sense of purpose and belonging. There is a need to want to make sure that everyone in each community benefits from diversity, and recognize that this means promoting similar opportunities for all.

    Britain's ethnic diversity, with its range of and unique mix of cultural identities and heritages, defines and adds value to contemporary Britain. For example, the Muslim communities in Britain make a vital and vibrant contribution to every aspect of life from sports and the arts to business and even politics. Below are just a few examples of ethnic diversity in the UK.

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