Between myths and realities what is immigrants’ reality?

Who are the immigrants to Canada?

Did you know?
Twenty per cent of the Canadian population or one in five Canadians was born abroad. In five years, from 2006 to 2011, more than one million people born elsewhere on Earth have immigrated to Canada. In percentage terms, this means that this recent immigration represents 17.2 per cent of the foreign-born population and 3.5 per cent of the total population of Canada.

An ethnic kaleidoscope

Canada today is home to people of more than 200 ethnic origins (National Household Survey 2011).

Did you know?
In 2011, 13 groups of different ethnic origins crossed the one million mark.

Visible minority population

Nearly 6,264,800 people reported being members of visible minorities, accounting for 19.1 per cent of the total population.

Among these visible minorities, 30.9 per cent were born in Canada and 65.1 per cent were born outside Canada and came to live there as immigrants. We could round up by one-third two-thirds).

How about non-permanent residents?

A small proportion, 4.0 per cent, of the visible minority population consists of non-permanent residents.

Did you know?

One-third of visible minorities were born in Canada.

Together, the three largest visible minority groups – South Asians, Chinese and Black – accounted for 61.3 per cent of the visible minority population in 2011.

They were followed by Filipinos, Latin Americans, Arabs, Southeast Asians, Western Asians, Koreans and Japanese. 


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