The share of immigrants in the Canadian population has increased to 21.9%. Majority of the latest immigrant arrivals were through the economic immigration category. This is an increase of 1.3% when compared with the 2011 census that showed the share of the immigrant population at 20.6%.
The statistics of immigrants’ share of the Canadian population have been revealed by the StatsCan. They are based on the data collated in 2016. The immigrant population is defined as persons who hold Canada PR. Immigrants who naturalize as Canadian citizens later are also included in the group, as quoted by the CIC News.
It was way back in 1921 that immigrants represented such high percentage of the Canadian population. In this year mere 2 million immigrants were representative of 22.3% of the overall population of Canada.
Canada today has 7.5 million immigrants who are spread across the nation. Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto continue to attract more than half the immigrant population. On the other hand increased numbers of immigrants are also choosing to settle in Atlantic Canada and Prairie provinces.
The share of immigrants in Canadian population may reach as high as 30% by 2036, projects the government. Decades earlier, the chief source of immigrants to Canada were the US and Europe. However, the latest figures reveal that 61.8 % of the current immigrants are Asia born. Seven of the top ten immigrants’ source nations to Canada are Asian. This includes India, the Philippines, China, Pakistan, Iran, South Korea and Syria.
More than 60.3% of the immigrants who arrived in the period 2011-16 were via an economic immigration program. Around 26.8% arrived through the family class immigration. These were sponsored by spouse, common-law-partner or close relative.
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