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Immigration turnaround

posted Mar 18, 2012, 11:43 AM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Mar 18, 2012, 11:44 AM ]
February 12, 2012 - 5:33am By MICHAEL MACDONALD The Canadian Press
Atlantic Canada is attracting more immigrants — better yet, more of them are staying

AFTER DECADES of losing its young people to the lure of high-paying work in Ontario and Western Canada, the Atlantic region is showing signs of having turned things around, the latest census figures show.
Despite the ever-present prospect of better jobs outside the region, the four Atlantic provinces managed to grow their ranks during the past five years by placing a greater emphasis on attracting and retaining immigrants from abroad.
Census figures released Wednesday show Eastern Canada with a growth rate of 1.9 per cent, led by Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick at 3.2 per cent and 2.9 per cent, respectively. Growth was modestly higher in Nova Scotia — 0.9 per cent, up from 0.6 for the previous five-year period.
Even Newfoundland and Labrador, long a perennial population loser, managed to post its first positive growth rate since 1986 — 1.8 per cent.

Some, of course, come for love, not money.

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