Last quarter of 2017 sees International immigration accounting for 70% of Canadian population growth

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It is a known fact that Canada is one of the world’smost sought after immigration hot-spots.No wonder the International immigrants make up for almost majority of Canadian population. This was more evident in the last quarter of 2017, where the growth pattern of immigration population accounted for nearly 70% increase. This was seconded by the federal agency stating that non-permanent residents “remained the main driver of population growth” between Oct 1, 2017 to Jan 1, 2018.

There was an increase of 78,805 people or 0.2% during the aforesaid period. Of this number, nearly 70% was attributed to “international migratory increase” by the Statistics Canada agency who also described this as ‘uncommonly high’ for fourth quarter.

Since 1991, the second largest gain of 65,539 people was recorded in immigration in the last three months of 2017.In this time period, Canada also gained 2,807 non-permanent residents, many of whom were refugee claimants.

Net emigration accounted for a loss of 12,578 people. This number is subtracted from the combined totals of immigration, return emigration and net non-permanent residents to obtain the international migratory increase.

Yukon, a province driven by International migration

Yukon Territory, to be specifichas seen a major increase in the International migration populationgrowth as also every other Canadian province which posteda population increase in fourth quarter of 2017.

“Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Yukon have rarely posted such strong international migration growth in the fourth quarter,” the study notes.

Some of the interprovincial migration losses in Prince Edward Island and the negative natural increase in New Brunswick were set-off byInternational migration

Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia also recorded an increase in non-permanent residents with Quebec recording an increase of 3,078 non-permanent residents during a period when it normally sees a decline