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Immigration in Canada: A Portrait of the Foreign-born Population, 2006 Census: Immigrants came from many countries

Slight increase in share of newcomers from Central and South America, the Caribbean and Africa

The third-largest group of recent immigrants in 2006 was from Central and South America and the Caribbean. They accounted for 10.8% of all newcomers, up slightly from 8.9% in 2001.

Colombia and Mexico were the two leading source countries of recent immigrants from that region. They accounted for 2.3% and 1.5%, respectively, of all recent arrivals during the previous five years.

As well, the 2006 Census found a slight increase in the share of recent immigrants from Africa. In the past, newcomers from Africa had accounted for less than 10% of recent immigrants. According to the 2006 Census, this share has risen to nearly 10.6%.

The two leading source countries in Africa were Algeria (which accounted for 1.5% of all newcomers) and Morocco (1.3%).

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