Visible minorities hit 5 million
South Asians outnumber Chinese, census finds
Apr 02, 2008 08:40 AM
THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA – For the first time in Canada's history, visible minorities have surpassed the five million mark as a new wave of immigrants from Asia is changing the face of Canada at a staggering rate, according to new census data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.
Visible minorities now comprise more than 16 per cent of the total population as their number skyrocketed by 27 per cent between 2001 and 2006, more than five times the previous increase of 5.4 per cent.
The sharp growth in the visible minority population was largely due to the fact that three-quarters of new immigrants to Canada since 2001 were visible minorities, analysts said.
South Asians, those who hail from such countries as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, now slightly outnumber the Chinese, who were identified as the top visible minority group in 2001, the last time the census was taken.
Nearly 1.3 million people identified themselves as South Asian in the 2006 census – a 38 per cent jump over 2001.
South Asians now account for a quarter of all visible minorities in Canada, or four per cent of the total population. Those with roots in China comprise about another quarter of the country's visible minority population, with some 1.2 million identifying themselves as Chinese.
So half of the visible minority population in Canada is either South Asian or Chinese. That's quite an accomplishment in such a short time for countries who immigration to Canada didn't really start until the mid 1970s and later.
India is Canada's top source country for immigrants as of 2007. Before that it was China. Landed South Asian immigrants (which includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka) now outnumber landed Chinese immigrants. The question I ask is why are there so many South Asian and Chinese immigrants in Canada in the first place? If Canada's points system for immigration is colour neutral in practice then why does it seem to benefit immigrants from some countries more so than immigrants from others? Why is the face of diversity in multicultural Toronto usually flooded with South Asian and Chinese faces. Where are the others? You'd figure there would be a broad spectrum of immigrants coming into Canada but in reality that is not the case. The vast majority of immigrants to Canada today come from one region of the world: Asia.
Though Canadian immigration gives the appearance of a colour blind entry system in reality that is not true becuase the points system is not applied equally to all regions and countries. The points system may be colour neutral but it is not politically neutral and has been manipulated to favour immigrants from certain countries. Canada's immigration system once favoured European immigration but now it favours South Asian and Chinese immigration and the result is the same: colonization.
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