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Countries all over the world are struggling with immigration. Canada is certainly one of the countries with the biggest minority population in the world. Actually, the people with immigration background - as the germans say - do not really constitute a minority any more. Toronto has for instance an immigrants ratio of almost 50 per cent. Alan Broadbent, founder and Chairman of the Maytree Foundation said, that Canada wants to see immigrants as assets, not as liabilities, in which they want to invest. The hyper-diversity can not be ignored, he said.
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Education and Media
The Toronto District School Board is the largest school board in Canada, is recognized as one of the most diverse in the world and serves almost 259,000 students. 68 per cent of them are born outside Canada. Its aim is to sustain high levels of excellence for "all" students.
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Matt Galloway, a Broadcaster of the Canadian radio channel CBC, struggled for creating diversity within the media, to integrate the immigrant communities. He tried to change the non-diverse audience into a diverse audience, which did not clash with the reality, that there was a 50 percent visible minority in Toronto. For instance, the CBC broadcasted an interview with a kidnapped girl`s mom in their original language. Of course, you did not have to understand what she said, to get the emotions that were in that voice. This experiment changed the way the city felt. Since I asked him for an interview, you will read more about him, his projects and the lectures we should draw from them.
Lectures for us
Actually hearing of some of these great ideas draws everyone to think of our policies in Europe, especially in Germany. Giving the immigrants a feeling of being welcomed in our nation should be our main goal. The world is becoming more and more global like a small village. The future lies in the diversity - diversity within the media, the schools, the economic life or in politics. There are already medial projects like the CBC, such as the DIB-Platform, Ebru TV, MiGAZIN or others in Germany. But we need to expand them!