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Connections & Engagement Closer Look: The experience of new immigrants

Our survey found that new immigrants — people who have lived in Canada for five years or less — are very optimistic about the new lives they hope to build for themselves and for their children. That in itself may not be surprising, but what is interesting is that their optimism fades the longer they live here.

Metro Vancouver continues to be an attractive destination for immigrants. Census Canada data shows that foreign-born residents of metro Vancouver represent approximately 40 per cent of the total population. Between 2001 and 2006, 151,690 immigrants came to metro Vancouver. That accounts for over half of the population increase during that time period.

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