Globalization has inevitably brought people of diverse backgrounds to a common geographical space and this is unlikely to revert. Such diversity, spread across racial, religious and cultural lines, has its merits as well as limitations. Some of the advantages include;
People of different cultural or racial backgrounds can interact and get to learn and appreciate each others’ uniqueness hence fostering tolerance and peaceful coexistence. The peaceful coexistence allows each group to maintain its identity giving rise to societies free of discrimination and conflict. Countries such as Switzerland and Indonesia are renowned for the peaceful coexistence of multi-ethnic groups
With each group maintaining its identity and practices, multi-ethnic societies offer a wealthy pool of culture. Individuals get to learn about others way of life and even exchange some practices. Cultural aspects such as art, music and cuisine have become tourist attractions in culturally rich countries such as Madagascar.
People from different backgrounds have different things to offer in terms of ideas, experiences and expertise. In the US for instance, the inflow of immigrants such as high achieving scholars, engineers and other highly skilled professionals create conducive environment for competition, innovation, efficacy as well as productivity, key elements in any economy.