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International migration to Alberta remains strong

International migration to Alberta remains strong

Posted on: 10/12/2017 | Author: ATB Financial's Economics + Research Team

Between January 2015 and June 2017, net migration to Alberta from other countries added 80,000 people to our population. Over the same period, we lost over 18,000 residents to other parts of Canada.

The recession that hamstrung the provincial economy in 2015 and 2016 did not reduce the number of immigrants coming to Alberta from abroad with over 122,000 arriving since January 2015. At 12,210, the average inflow per quarter since 2015 has been higher than it was in the five years immediately before the recession (8,944 per quarter).

The number of people leaving Alberta for foreign lands was relatively unchanged before and after the recession with an average of 1,867 Albertans leaving for other countries per quarter before the recession compared to 2,081 since 2015.

What did change during the recession was the net number of non-permanent residents coming to Alberta. (Non-permanent residents include visitors to Alberta with a work or study permit and refugee claimants.) In the five years leading up to 2015, Alberta was gaining an average of 679 non-permanent residents per quarter. From 2015 until mid-2017, we have been losing 2,886 non-permanent residents per quarter. This is likely due to a reduction in the number of jobs available in the province to visitors with work permits.

Tomorrow’s Owl will look at the role of natural increase in Alberta’s population growth.

Net international migration to Alberta, graph

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