Last year, because of the civil war in Syria, those numbers jumped.
The government of Canada opened the doors to 26,213 Syrian refugees (as of April 7) and according to the latest government statistics, 940 of those came to Nova Scotia, including 876 in Halifax.
Historically, immigration to Nova Scotia has come from a broad range of countries. The most recent numbers showing the breakdown by country of origin are for the years 2010 to 2012. During that time, British immigrants were the most numerous, with a high of 441 in 2010, representing 14 per cent of immigrants to Nova Scotia.
Immigrants from China were second at 13 per cent, with the Philippines at 10 per cent, India at nine per cent, and Egypt and Iran both at six per cent. The remaining 42 per cent were grouped in “other.”
When you look at regions of the world, rather than individual countries, you get a better idea where new Haligonians come from.
From 2008 to 2012, immigrants from the Asia/Pacific region represented the largest group at 32.3 per cent while newcomers from Africa and the Middle East were close behind at 29.6 per cent. Immigrants from the U.K. and Europe made up 25 per cent, while eight per cent of new Nova Scotians came from the United States. People from South and Central America were the smallest group, representing 4.8 per cent of migrants to the province.