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New research conducted at the Oxford Centre for the Study of Intergroup Conflict, directed by Prof. Miles Hewstone, has shown that people living in more ethnically diverse areas become more tolerant of others.  Working in multiple countries incuding Germany, South Africa and the USA, the authors used a combination of cross-sectional and longitudinal survey tools to track how people's beliefs changed as they came into contact with people from different ethnic and religious groups.  The work is reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  More coverage in the UK media can be found here