The European Union allows its members to adopt a different level of integration, that is tailored to their national preferences. The mixture of cultures and languages demonstrates a paradox unity in diversity. Since WW II, over 30 million workers have arrived in Western, and Northern Europe and the foreign-born population is reached 33 million (Moran, Abramson, Moran, & Harris, 2014). The international business environment often requires young professionals to speak multiple languages and be in comfortable in a multicultural workforce. However, even in a globalized world, Manchester’s tail is unique.
Manchester is the second most popular urban area in the United Kingdom.
Signs of the times: Manchester is the most multilingual city in the country, with official figures and policy thus far largely underrepresenting the phenomenon Gabriel Szabo/ Guzelian; Alamy
“According to the study’s findings – which will be unveiled this week –there are up to 200 languages spoken in the city at any one time which, given its population size of 480,000, makes it the most linguistically dense and diverse conurbation in Western Europe, if not the world” (Brown, 2013).
This uniqueness demonstrates a Babel effect that was triggered by rapid globalization and economic migration. Many jobs offer to search for candidates with Arabic, Cantonese, French, German, Indonesian, and rare language skills like Urdu or Tamil.
“In the UK, 86 percent of people born in Nigeria say that English is their main language, but logically a lot of them must speak languages other than English which is significant in their lives” (Brown, 2013).
Manchester is a “poster child” of the globalized multilingual world next to New York, London, and Paris.
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Moran, R. T., Abramson, N. R., Moran, S. V., & Harris, P. R. (2014). Managing cultural differences. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.