Canadian Immigration History

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There are millions of immigrants across Canada, living together as friends and neighbors, but at the same time practicing their own traditions and keeping their own cultural identity alive. Canada has developed as one of the most multicultural countries in the world. The vast amount of diversity rushed up to the apex when millions of people from different cultures immigrated to Canada after the European settlements. In addition, with the attractions of economic and social growths Canada has been continuously appealing more immigrants to settle in the country. Today, almost one in six Canadians were born outside of Canada. Without a doubt, Canada has developed as a nation of immigrants through centuries of maturity.

Even though Canada has developed as a nation of immigrants, the very first native people dates back approximately 12 000 years ago. Despite the fact that the natives were the first settlers of Canada, their origins were actually connected to Asia by which they traveled to North America on land as hunters and gatherers such as the Indians and Inuit.

As mentioned earlier, the native people had lived in Canada for more than 12 000 years, but it was also when the first Europeans crossed the Atlantic Ocean in search of new land. Consequently, the first Europeans to reach Canada were the Vikings who landed on the coast of Newfoundland around 1, 000 years ago. The Vikings established at least one settlement at Newfoundland, which did not last. As a result, the Europeans did not come back for another 500 years. Soon after that, sailors and fishermen from many different countries who ventured into Canada all claim it as part of their empire. Thus, it was then that the first settlers arrived to disembark upon the land.

Many of the early newcomers to Canada were adventurers...