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A multiethnic societies is one with members belonging to more than one ethnic group, in contrast to societies which are ethnically homogenous. In practice, virtually all contemporary national societies are multiethnic. One scholar argued in 1993 that fewer than 20 of the then 180 sovereign states could be said to be ethnically and nationally homogenous, where a homogenous state was defined as one in which minorities made up less than five per cent of the population.[1] Sujit Choudhry therefore argues that, "[t]he age of the ethnoculturally homogeneous state, if ever there was one, is over".[2]

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  1. ^ Welsh, David (1993). "Domestic politics and ethnic conflict". in Brown, Michael E.. Ethnic Conflict and International Security. Princeton: Princeton University Press. pp. 43–60. ISBN 0691000689. 
  2. ^ Choudhry, Sujit (2008). "Bridging comparative politics and comparative constitutional law: Constitutional design in divided societies". in Choudhry, Sujit. Constitutional Design for Divided Societies: Integration or Accommodation?. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 3–40. ISBN 0199535418. 

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