CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

Come From Away

comefromaway2.jpgThere's little doubt that the face of Canada is changing. Stats Canada says that over the next 20 years visible minorities will make up more than half the population of Toronto. In Newfoundland and Labrador - not so much. We are one of the least diverse parts of the country. But the provincial government says we can't afford to stay that way and it has launched an aggressive immigration strategy.

This week CBC Radio  in Newfoundland and Labrador is taking a look at immigration in the province: what efforts the province is taking to attract new people and the people - the Come From Aways - who have decided to call Newfoundland and Labrador home.

Check back each day for new stories.

Morning Shows: The CBC's Kate Kyle looks at why Newfoundland and Labrador needs immigrants and the strategy to get more of them to make the province their home.

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On The Go: The story of Youmin Lee, concert pianist, former Eastern School District music teacher and business owner.

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Morning Shows: Kate Kyle tells the story of an immigrant who came to Gander for love, but stayed despite tragedy.

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On the Go: The story of Stoyan Velinov, a Bulgarian who came to St. John's and is now a pastry chef and the owner of a Water Street restaurant

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Morning Shows: Kate Kyle tells the story of a Bulgarian couple who has set up business in Corner Brook

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Radio Noon: Jessica Doria-Brown reports on Carbonear's efforts to welcome immigrants

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Radio Noon Crosstalk: Everyone talks about trying to increase N.L.'s population. Would you like to see more immigrants here?

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On The Go: Jessica Doria-Brown speaks with Neddal Ayad to get his first generation take
on the immigrant experience.

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Morning Shows:
The CBC's Jane Adey reports on immigrants from Sri Lanka who've found a home on the Southern Shore.

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Radio Noon: This week, the Conference Board of Canada held a Leader's Roundtable on Immigration, including the Newfoundlandland and Labrador Experience. Remzi Cej is with the department of human resources, labour and employment. He has first hand experience on immigrating. He came here from a tumultuous Kosovo ten years ago. Here's part of what he told the audience in St. John's.

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On The Go:
The story of Omolade Kola-Oni (pictured below),  a first year student
at Memorial University who came from Nigeria eight months ago.

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Morning Shows: Andrew Walsh speaks with Columbian refugees Jose Rivera (pictured below) and his son Esteban.

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Numbers to consider:

Permanent residents

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010*
St. John's 397 380 481 454 493
Other areas of NL 111 166 135 149 188


Total entries of foreign students

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010*
St. John's 225 321 337 402 440
Other areas of NL 207 250 317 128 108


Foreign students present on December 1

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010*
St. John's 478 576 611 709 825
Other areas of NL 724 801 903 813 871


Total entries of foreign workers

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010*
St. John's 169 225 213 350 225
Other areas of NL 800 1,016 1,088 1,042 980


Foreign workers present on December 1

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010*
St. John's 219 228 263 380 329
Other areas of NL 697 654 803 1,097 1,065


Entries by refugee claimants

  2006 2007 2008 2009

14 6 11 7

Source: Statistics Canada







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