Table 1
Top 10 country of birth of recent immigrants, 1981 to 2006

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Rank 2006 Census 2001 Census 1996 Census 1991 Census 1981 Census
1 People's Republic of China People's Republic of China Hong Kong Hong Kong United Kingdom
2 India India People's Republic of China Poland Viet Nam
3 Philippines Philippines India People's Republic of China United States
4 Pakistan Pakistan Philippines India India
5 United States Hong Kong Sri Lanka Philippines Philippines
6 South Korea Iran Poland United Kingdom Jamaica
7 Romania Taiwan Taiwan Viet Nam Hong Kong
8 Iran United States Viet Nam United States Portugal
9 United Kingdom South Korea United States Lebanon Taiwan
10 Colombia Sri Lanka United Kingdom Portugal People's Republic of China
Note: "Recent immigrants refers to landed immigrants who arrived in Canada within five years prior to a given census.
Source: Statistics Canada, censuses of population, 1981 to 2006.