Multicultural fest gives a taste of Halifax's diversity
In 20 years, 1 in 10 Haligonians will have been born in another country, says StatsCan
The Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival at the Halifax Seaport this weekend plays host to a variety of flavours and fashions from around the world and gives a taste of Halifax’s growing diversity.
According to Statistics Canada, in the next 20 years, the number of immigrants moving into city is expected to continue to rise. So much so, that one in 10 Haligonians will have been born in a different country.
Viola Dapaah arrived in Halifax from Ghana eight months ago and immediately took to the city. Her baby girl is Canadian and Dapaah said she has no plans to move back home.
"It’s much brighter than what I came from. It’s much brighter for her here," she said.
Nien Fang Chu, who immigrated to Canada from Taiwan said the transition wasn’t an easy one for her.
"In the first three years, [it was] so hard because I had to learn everything from the culture, shopping and different food also," she said.
Chu said for her, Halifax is an ideal spot.
"I stay here, another reason is the people are so friendly. I cannot say goodbye to them, I just love it here," she said.
"I found it very easy to adapt to the new schooling system," said Ivy Xue of China. "I feel it would be a very nice place for immigrants to come."
Events like the Multicultural Festival are designed to make people feel even more at home in their adopted country.