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Multiculturalism Policies in Contemporary Democracies

Welcome to the Multiculturalism Policy Index

The Multiculturalism Policy Index is a scholarly research project that monitors the evolution of multiculturalism policies in 21 Western democracies. The project is designed to provide information about multiculturalism policies in a standardized format that aids comparative research and contributes to the understanding of state-minority relations. The project provides an index at three points in time - 1980, 2000, 2010 – and for three types of minorities: one index relating to immigrant groups, one relating to historic national minorities, and one relating to indigenous peoples. The Multiculturalism Policy Index and supporting documentation are freely available for researchers, public officials, journalists, students, activists, and others interested in the topic.


The Slides: The findings of our Multiculturalism Policy Index reveal a number of interesting developments. For example, despite the perception of a backlash and retreat from immigrant multiculturalism, the evidence suggests that multiculturalism policies have persisted, and in many cases, continue to expand, as illustrated below.

Citation: The Multiculturalism Policy Index is available for public use, but we ask that it be cited properly.
The Index should be cited as: "Multiculturalism Policy Index, (Include date when data were accessed or downloaded)".

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