Dubai, the economic capital of the United Arab Emirates has been announced as the most ethnically diversified city in the world with 83% of its population being foreigners. This was contained in a report on multicultural cities that was published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
According to the report, Dubai is followed by Brussels with 62% of its population being foreign born, Toronto comes third with 46%, Los Angeles in the sixth position with 39%, while London (37%) and New York city (37%) were ranked 7th and 8th respectively.
Other highly diversified cities include Auckland, Sydney, Singapore, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Stockholm. IOM said that the research was carried out to understand how global migration has affected the major cities and how these cosmopolitans can make better plans for an all-inclusive and sustainable urban growth.
Since oil was discovered in early 1970’s, Dubai has attracted millions of economic migrants from across the globe mostly from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines in search of job opportunities. Notably, Indians and Filipinos have had a significant influence in the emirate which is evident with the numerous Indian restaurants and Pakistani bakeshops that are almost everywhere while Filipino supermarkets are on the rise. Other notable communities include the Europeans (mostly British and French) and Sri Lankans. Chinese and Indonesian migrants are also on the rise.
Dubai might be smaller in land area compared to other ranked cities, but it commands a population of 2.503 million inhabitants as of January 2016. The city is the most preferred destination for both domestic and professionally skilled labor and it is notable for its liberal economy that allows every people from many countries to work and earn a living. Dubai’s modern infrastructure, accommodation, and the construction sectors have all attracted a lot of foreigners to settle in this desert city.
The report further predicts that the refugee crisis in the Middle East is likely to trigger another wave of economic migrants as more victims of the Syrian war struggle to make it to some European cities like Berlin, London, Paris, and Copenhagen. It is estimated that these cities will soon rank higher in terms of multicultural diversity.