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Immigration in Canada: A Portrait of the Foreign-born Population, 2006 Census: Portraits of major metropolitan centres

Recent immigrant settlement pattern has largely been an urban phenomenon. Immigrants choose to live in major urban centres to take advantage of the established immigrant communities, economic opportunities and social ties. As a result, recent immigrants have contributed to the changing portraits of urban communities.

Halifax: Largest foreign-born population in Atlantic provinces

Halifax was home to the largest foreign-born population in the Atlantic provinces. The 2006 Census counted 27,400 foreign-born people living in the census metropolitan area of Halifax. They represented six in 10 (60.7%) of all Nova Scotians born outside of Canada. In contrast, almost four in 10 (39.8%) of the Canadian-born people in the province were living in the census metropolitan area.

Halifax received 5,100 new immigrants, or 0.5% of all newcomers to Canada in 2006. They made up 18.4% of the foreign-born population in the census metropolitan area.

Slightly more than half (51.4%) of the newcomers were born in Asia and the Middle East. The People's Republic of China (10.7%) was the leading source country of newcomers to Halifax. It was followed by the United States of America (7.6%), the United Kingdom (7.5%), Egypt (7.3%) and India (4.9%).

Halifax CMA. Recent immigrants as a percentage of total population by 2006 Census Tracts (CTs)

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