Immigration - who, how many and from where - is a perennial topic among Canadians but talking about it makes our leaders uncomfortable, says commentator Salim Mansur.
Mansur, of QMI Agency, says the trendline for immigration has been sloping upward for the last 25 years.
"In 2010, some 280,681 immigrants ... entered the country. The figure for 1986 was 99,354."
Canada welcomed more than 5.5 million people from 1986 through 2010, an average of 220,000 a year, as the country's population grew to 34 million from 26 million in roughly the same period. The number of immigrants in 2010 was the highest in 60 years.
From 1951 to 1981, Canada accepted an average 146,000 immigrants, about 4.4 million in all, Mansur said. In that period, Canada's population grew to 25 million from 14 million.
Immigration has boosted Canada's population since Confederation, Mansur notes. What's changed in the last 50 years is the "source-area composition."
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