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Report on the Demographic Situation in Canada


As usual, the first part of this report is devoted to recent demographic trends occurring in Canada. Trends in main components of population changes - fertility, mortality, marriage, divorce, international migration and internal migration - are presented, analysed and discussed in order for the reader to be able to quickly understand the meaning and the impact of these numerous on-going changes.This year, the second part of the report comprised two studies closely related to a common theme, immigration. In the first study intitled "The Fertility of Visible Minorities Women in Canada", authors show that fertility is higher for visible minority women as a group than for the rest of the population, that fertility varies appreciably from one visible minority group to another, and that removing the effects of the groups' socio-economic characteristics, including religious denomination, does not eliminate fertility differentials. The second article, intitled "Recent immigration to Canada from the Balkans", shows that the number of immigrants from the Balkans region has increased rapidly from 1993-1994 due to a large increase in the number of refugees coming from the countries that emerged from the former Yugoslavia. From 1994 to 2000, an important proportion of refugees admitted to Canada came from the Balkans region.

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