Number of Filipinos in Canada on the uptick

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 The number of Filipinos entering in Canada annually rose to a 10-year high in 2008, and over a hundred thousand Filipinos have become Canadian citizens already in that same ten-year period.

Data from statistics agencies of countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) showed that some 23,700 Filipinos entered Canada in 2008 compared to some 9,200 who entered the North American country in 1999.

The number has made Filipinos the third biggest source country of the foreign population behind the Chinese and the Indians, says data coming from OECD’s recently-released 2010 International Migration Outlook.

Citing estimates of what is called the “visible minority" (from a March 2010 report of Statistics Canada, titled Projections of the Diversity of the Canadian Population, 2006-2031) in Canada, the estimated 427,000 Filipinos in Canada can reach 1.021 million by 2031.

This is an inward exodus of 51,050 every year into the OECD-member country.