Immigration By The Numbers

Immigration by the numbers

The Hamilton Spectator
December 08, 2009

35 new Canadian citizens were sworn in yesterday. They came to Canada from Australia, Colombia, Croatia, England, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Azores, Tajikistan, United States, Cambodia and Tanzania.

3,000 the number of immigrants who come to Hamilton each year. Tim Rees, immigration strategy manager for the City of Hamilton, says the municipality is working to attract and retain immigrants. Where other areas have growing immigration levels, Hamilton is static. Without immigration, Hamilton could face “an aging population, diminishing labour force and tax base,” he said. “How are we going to cope?”

25.4 per cent of Hamilton's population was not born in Canada. That's slightly lower than the Ontario figure of 28.3%, but it's the third highest ratio among cities in Canada. (Toronto and Montreal are higher).

60 per cent of immigrants to Hamilton came from Europe. Asia and the Middle East account for 24 per cent. China, India and Pakistan are the top three birthplaces for immigrants since 2001. The fastest growing immigrant population is African.

18 per cent gap between median income of immigrants and non immigrants in Hamilton. In Hamilton, for every $4 earned by an immigrant, those born in Canada earned almost $5.

80 per cent of immigrants living in Hamilton have Canadian citizenship.

1,346 engineers emigrated to Hamilton between 1996 and 2005. Other newcomers included 589 computer programmers or system analysts; 254 banking, finance and accounting personnel; 217 university professors or teachers; 177 technologists or technicians; 126 nurses and other medical professionals; 211 scientists; 194 chemists or pharmacists; 94 economists or economic development officers; 53 physicians or general practitioners; 40 mathematicians or statisticians; 31 veterinarians; 27 psychologists; 23 dentists or dental hygienists.