A fifth of Canadians are foreign born, mostly from Asia

Photo: World Chinese Weekly.

Photo: World Chinese Weekly.

Survey data from Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey show that 20.6% of Canadians were born abroad, according to the Wall Street Journal. More than half of the immigrants who came to Canada between 2006 and 2011 were from Asia (a broadly defined geographic area, as we have established).

The biggest group of new immigrants were Filipinos, making up 13.1% of all newcomers between 2006 and 2011. Chinese came in at No. 2, at 10.5%, with India a close third at 10.4%.

Considering that immigrants tend to be in the prime of their lives, we should expect many more Canadian-born Asian babies in the decades to come.

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