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46% of Lower Mainland adults born outside Canada

Number is twice the national average

By Matthew Ramsey

Nearly half the Lower Mainland’s population aged 15 and over was born outside Canada.

The level of ethnic diversity reflects the region’s status as a prime destination for immigrants seeking a better life, political stability and the chance to make money.

A survey released by Statistics Canada Monday found that 46 per cent of the region’s population aged 15 and over, about 720,000 people, are first-generation Canadians — meaning they and their parents were born outside the country. That’s twice the national average and second only to Toronto’s 53 per cent.

The statistics indicate that 35 per cent of Greater Vancouver’s population of 1,568,000 are of non-European origin, 18 per cent told the survey they were European, and 27 per cent reported they were British, French and/or Canadian only. The region is defined as the area from Lions Bay to Langley Township.

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