Canada: Foreign-born People by Region and Period of Arrival

Most recent immigrants to Canada come from Asia

Canada Foreign-born People by Region

Statistics Canada reported that in 2016, there were 7,540,830 foreign-born people living in Canada, which accounted for 21.9% of Canada’s population.




Most European immigrants (55%) arrived before 1981. After that period, their share has decreased while the proportion of immigrants from Asia and Africa has increased since the 90s.

Canada: Foreign-born Population by Region of Birth and Period of Arrival
  Before 1981 1981 to 1990 1991 to 2000 2001 to 2010 2011 to 2016
Americas 315,815 187,340 198,560 273,580 152,515
Europe 1,152,265 225,385 286,520 284,200 140,035
Africa 73,080 57,310 111,520 232,775 162,795
Asia 379,525 436,930 880,045 1,183,955 748,700
Oceania 20,325 8,465 9,810 10,380 7,955
Other places of birth 95 10
Source: Statistics Canada. 2017

From 1981 to 1990, 915,440 immigrants arrived in Canada. From 2001 to 2010 the number doubled to 1,984,890 immigrants arrived in this country.

IMMIGRANTS BY REGION AND PERIOD OF ARRIVAL



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