Extensive globalization has brought about many changes on every continent (except Antarctica) which include changing demographics in the large cities. The world is now home to at least ten major cosmopolitan cities. But what, exactly, does cosmopolitan mean?
Cosmopolitan is quite different from metropolitan, and it refers to a sense of harmony between large population of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. A cosmopolitan city is one where a multitude of cultures is represented. These major cities are spread throughout the world, and the major cosmopolitan centers are presented in this article.
Future Population Trends
The cities on this list are expected to continue attracting foreign-born individuals in the future. Not only do the economy here offer more employment opportunities, but the growing foreign populations often settle into distinct neighborhoods creating “mini-countries” within the cities (like “Chinatowns” or “Little Italies” for example). This fact helps to reduce the fear of starting life in a new country as new immigrants can find comfort and familiarity in these neighborhoods. Also, increased immigration to these cities will continue as families look to reunite. Often, one or two family members set out to begin a new life in a foreign place. Once that life has been established, immigrants often look to bring family members closer and to support them in their search for an improved quality of life. This trend, of course, leads to increased diversity within cities.
The Most Cosmopolitan Cities In The World
|Rank||City||Foreign born population (% of total), 2014|