Where do the Immigrants Come From that Settle in USA, Canada, and Australia?

The USA, Canada, and Australia are all in the top ten of countries that accept migrants to come and live permanently into their countries. They are often described as traditional countries of immigration due to the historical migration figures. Each of these three countries has actively encouraged people to settle permanently on a large scale to help with the economic growth of each respective country. Over the past few centuries these great nations have seen wave after wave of immigration, and each different wave has been characterized by immigrants from different countries.

 

Australia

According to a census in 2006, Australia has four and a half million residents that were foreign born. This accounts for over twenty percent of the whole population. The initial influx of foreign migrants settling in Australia was from the United Kingdom, and this accounted for twenty five percent of all migrants. The top five countries for immigration into Australia in terms of numbers are:

  • United Kingdom
  • New Zealand
  • China
  • Italy
  • Vietnam

Together these peoples accounted for forty-five percent of every foreign-born person in Australia.

Canada

The 2006 census in Canada pointed to the fact that there were six million foreign-born residents living in Canada, which is just under twenty percent of the total population. The top five countries were the migration took place in terms of number, are:

  • United Kingdom
  • China
  • India
  • Philippines
  • Italy

Obviously considering the amazing distance between the countries of Australia and Canada, it is quite amazing that three countries are the same, UK, China, and Italy. Unlike Australia and the US the foreign-born immigrants are not dominated by any one group.

United States

The 2010 census taken by the US Census Bureau stated that there were over forty million foreign-born persons living permanently in America. This accounts for 12.9% of the total population, and over thirty percent of all the immigrants living in the US came from Mexico.

The top five countries in population order are:

  • Mexico
  • India
  • Philippines
  • China
  • Vietnam

The US is the same as Australia in that one single country dominates its immigration figures, and that is Mexico. China, India, and the Philippines were common to both the US and Canada. The cross pollination of Americans and Canadians living in their respective countries is 2% in the case of Canadians living in the US, and 4% of Americans preferring to live in Canada.

These figures have been supplied by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics Canada, and the US Census Bureau. Statistics do not lie, and they point out accurately facts and figures, but do not necessarily point out the reasons behind the figures. That is for another time, as we have answered what we set out to do and named where the immigrant peoples of Canada, Australia, and the US have come from. Some of the countries are pretty obvious and the reasons are centuries old, but the recent countries are more interesting as they tell us about world demographics as they are today.