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Rising diversity can enhance social connections: Study

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

( New Canadian research suggests that, contrary to previous thinking, rising diversity doesn't erode trust and social ties — and in some cases it might enhance them.

The study looks at how diversity and city size affect social capital, a sociological concept that refers to the connections between people and networks — ties that help people fit in and find jobs and places to live.

The findings fly in the face of previous research that suggested social capital declines as multiculturalism and visible minority populations increase, and they spell good news for a nation facing a future of unprecedented diversity, says Ravi Pendakur, an associate professor of pubic and international affairs at the University of Ottawa and co-author of the study.

"If what they're arguing is that as diversity goes up, all those things associated with social capital go down, Canada is in trouble because we have no choice but to see greater and greater diversity," he says. "A lot of the work in the past has really suggested a negative impact on social capital based on minority status. We're not finding that."

Last month, Statistics Canada released projections suggesting that by 2031, at least one in four people in this country will have been born elsewhere and nearly one in three people will be visible minorities.

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