Canada takes in record number of immigrants

This latest wave of migrants helped to push up the Canadian population by 1.2 percent to more than 36 millionCanada took in a record number of immigrants in the 12 months ended July 1, the government statistical agency announced Wednesday. “The country had not received such a large number of immigrants in a single annual period since the early 1910s during the settlement of Western Canada,” Statistics Canada said in a statement. The arrival of 31,000 Syrian refugees since last November helped push the figure up to 320,932, and break a previous peak set in 2009-2010 when migrants flocked to Canada to escape economic hardships.

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