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Immigration in Canada: A Portrait of the Foreign-born Population, 2006 Census: Immigrants in the provinces and territories

Atlantic region: Increase in foreign-born population in all four provinces

The census counted an estimated 84,800 foreign-born people in the four Atlantic provinces combined. This was an increase of 8,800 immigrants from 2001, and a growth rate of 11.6%.

In fact, this growth in the foreign-born population offset to a small extent a 0.6% decline in the Canadian-born population between 2001 and 2006. As a result, the region's overall population declined by 0.1%.

Foreign-born individuals made up only 3.8% of Atlantic Canada's total population.

Individually, Nova Scotia had 45,190 foreign-born persons, who represented 5% of the provincial population, the largest percentage of the four provinces. New Brunswick had 26,400, or 3.7% of its population. Prince Edward Island had 4,800, about 3.6% of its population. And Newfoundland and Labrador had 8,400, who accounted for only 1.7% of its population.

The Atlantic region attracted a slightly larger share of recent immigrants who came to Canada between 2001 and 2006. During this period, an estimated 13,500 recent immigrants settled in the Atlantic region, or 1.2% of the 1.1 million newcomers who arrived in Canada in the last five years. During the previous five-year period of 1996 and 2001, 1% of newcomers settled in Atlantic Canada.

The United States was the top source country of newcomers to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The United Kingdom was the top source country for Newfoundland and Labrador.

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