Immigration continued to power population growth of Canada in the fourth quarter of 2017, as it accounted for close to 70 percent of the population growth during that period, according to new data from Statistics Canada.
The government agency said international migration, included in which is immigration, net non-permanent residents and return emigration, was the chief driver of growth of population between 1 October 2017 and 1 January 2018.
That period saw the North American country’s population grow by 0.2 percent, or 78,805 people. Out of that, nearly 70 percent, or 55,048, was because of what Statistics Canada termed as ‘international migratory increase.’
According to it, the increase of such magnitude was disproportionately large for the last quarter.
CIC News quotes Statistics Canada as saying that such high growth has rarely been witnessed during the last quarter since July 1971, when the current demographic system began being covered.
Immigration made up for an increase in 65,539 people in the final quarter of 2017, the second largest increase in a fourth quarter since 1991.
In addition, 2,087 non-permanent residents entered Canada during this period, with a lot of them being asylum seekers. At the same time, 12,758 people left Canada.
Increase in international migration was also the main reason for the growth of population in the Yukon Territory and almost every province of Canada that witnessed an increase in population in the fourth quarter of 2017.
The study indicated that it was unusual for Manitoba, Yukon, Ontario and Quebec to have registered such high immigration growth in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, international migration also aided in countering some of the migration losses in provinces such as Prince Edward Island and the negative natural growth in New Brunswick.
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