Sunday, 16 December 2012

Europe's most ethnically diverse city is Manchester - home to 153 different languages

An incredible 153 languages are spoken in Manchester, making it the most diverse city in Europe and second only behind New York in the world, a study has found.
Researchers from the University of Manchester  discovered languages spoken in the city include Chitrali from northern Pakistan, Konkani from western India, Dagaare from Ghana, and Uyghur from north-western China.

Professor Yaron Matras, of the university's Multilingual Manchester project, thinks the true figure could be higher and is likely to grow even further.
'Manchester's language diversity is higher than many countries," he said on the university's website.
'It is very likely to be top of the list in Europe. As immigration and the arrival of overseas students to the city continues, it's fair to say that this already large list is set to grow.'
With a population of half a million, Manchester is a fraction of the size of London, which has some 8 million inhabitants and also scores highly in terms of linguistic diversity.
The study found about two-thirds of Mancunian children are bilingual, a 'huge' figure according to Prof Matras.
An increasingly large number of Europeans are attracted to the city.
Manchester is famous for its football teams, United and City, managed by Sir Alex Ferguson (left) and Roberto Mancini (right) respectively, but now has a new claim to fame

Manchester is also known for producing stars like former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher
Manchester is also known for producing stars like former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher
Prof Matras said: 'Because of EU enlargement and the access granted to new EU citizens, language diversity in Manchester is more dynamic than most cities.
'Melbourne, for example, is famous for its many languages but as it tends to have very established communities it will be less diverse than Manchester.'
The findings came as this week's census revealed the foreign-born population of England and Wales increased from 4.6 million in 2001 to 7.5 million in 2011.


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