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Canada admitted about 281 000 permanent migrants in 2010, an 11% increase over the previous year, and the largest number since 1957. As in previous years, the top sending countries were the Philippines (13%), India (11%) and China (11%), although the order changed from 2009. China, despite a 4% increase in new permanent residents, fell from the top source country in 2009 to third in 2010. The Philippines jumped into top place recording a 34% increase over 2009, while India rose to second with a 16% increase. In 2010, most permanent migrants (61%) entered Canada for family‐related reasons (this includes the spouses and dependents of economic principal applicants). Labour migrants accounted for roughly one‐quarter of long‐term inflows, and one out of eight permanent migrants acquired a residence permit on humanitarian grounds.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: June 1, 2012


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