India at Top, Next Only To the Philippines as Source Country for Immigrants in Canada

Indian migrants’ love for Canada continues unabated or so it seems if we go by this report coming straight from none other than, Statistics Canada–the well-known and highly respected Canadian organization responsible for doing research for the country on such matters.

As per the report, based on the census released by the organization, and covering the five-year period from 2011 to 2016, nearly an eighth of immigrants–who landed and settled, in a permanent way in the country–were from India. Over 60% of the immigrants during the period were allowed entry into the Maple Leaf Country as economic migrants.

Immigrants to Canada
Immigrants to Canada

In its chart for the leading 10 nations of birth of the new immigrants in 2016, at 147,190, those hailing from India account for 12.1% of the total figure of 1212075. India was the second most important source nation, in terms of numbers, next only to the Philippines even as China duly completes the list of the leading three countries sending visitors to the overseas hotspot. Allegedly, the results provide fresh national numerical picture of immigration and ethno-cultural diversity in the country.

As per the available information, the largest chunk of the noticeable minorities in the Maple Leaf Country is from the South Asian region, with 1,924,635 persons duly representing over 25% or one-fourth of that specific populace.

While the data is not further divided under the different nations of origin, it, allegedly, seems to specify that the people with India, as their source nation in the country, could be hovering around 1.5 million, with the reason being this section is projected to encompass three-fourth of the immigrants from the Indian subcontinent. At 20.5% and at 15.6% of the total population, the next two main visible minority groups are the Chinese and the blacks, in that order.

Against the backdrop of the fact that the three main source nations of the new Canadian immigrants, it isn’t a matter of surprise that Asia dominates comprehensively and roughly 50% the foreign-born people come from this part of the world.

Apparently, the changes in the major source nations of immigrants have altered the general portrait of the nation’s foreign-born populace. During 2016, while approximately 50% of the overseas-born people were from Asia (comprising the Middle East); a comparatively lower fraction (27.7%) was from Europe.  This was also the first time that Africa stormed to the second spot among the source continents for the immigrants, leaving Europe behind.

As per Statistics Canada, the present immigration developments – in case these continue  with no or little changes – and the aging of the recognized cohorts of immigrants denote that between 55.7% and 57.9% of the entire immigrants would be from Asia by 2036, and between 15.4% and 17.8% will have Europe as its source nation.

Reportedly, most of the new immigrants moved to the Maple Leaf Country as economic migrants. While that section in question accounts for over 60% of the new immigrants through the said five-year time-frame, those shifting under the family category to join their families already present in the nation, was at nearly 27% even as refugees accounted for nearly 12%.

The top three Canadian citiesToronto, Vancouver, & Montreal—remain the place of dwelling of over 50% of all immigrants, and this comprises those that have moved in, of late.

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