Last week the Vancouver Sun ran a five part series on the neighbourhoods within Metropolitan Vancouver in which its ethnic minorities have decided to settle down.
According to the 2006 Canada Census information, almost 40,000 immigrants arrive in Metro Vancouver every year. Often referred to as the Lower Mainland, Metro Vancouver is a region of 2.2. million people that comprises of Vancouver, Richmond, Delta, White Rock, Tswassen, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley
Again based oln the last census, 42% of Metro Vancouverès population consists of visible minorities. That number will definitely rise when the results of the 2011 census are published.
The series is both informative, and useful reading if you want to get to know the city and the region you are living in. As such, I am including links to all the of the articles and maps as well as the complete version of he last story.
In his last and concluding article of the series Todd made some raised important questions that all of us who live in the Vancouver area need to think and talk about. This includes long time Canadians, both former immigrant and native born and recent immigrants.
Do we want to continue living in ethnic enclaves where we feel less of a sense of a belonging to Canada, or do we want to mix it up a little more so that this city famous for its tolerant multiculturalism becomes truly multicultural in every sense of the word ? immigrants. .
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There are many echoes in Metro of famous Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam’s massive survey of 30,000 Americans, which determined that people who live in ethnic enclaves generally tend to be more distrusting of those around them.Meanwhile, a series of scholarly studies out of the University of B.C., Scandinavia and by Transparency International consistently show that the most contented people and well functioning governments and economies are those based on a high degree of mutual trust.
Few Metro Vancouverites suggest trust and mutual reliability have disappeared among the city’s disparate residents.But suspicion often comes out in whispers – over which ethnic group is making housing unaffordable, why schools are so ruthlessly competitive, how store signs are often appearing in languages other than English and whether employers, white or Asian, are willing to hire outside their ethnic group.
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