Canada is a country occupying most of northern North America, extending from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west and northward into the Arctic Ocean. It is the world’s second largest country by total area, and shares land borders with the United States to the south and northwest.
The land occupied by Canada was inhabited for millennia by various groups of aboriginal people. Beginning in the late 15th century, British and French expeditions explored, and later settled along, the Atlantic coast.
France ceded nearly all of its colonies in North America in 1763 after the Seven Years’ War. In 1867, with the union of three British North American colonies through Confederation, Canada was formed as a federal dominion of four provinces. This began an accretion of additional provinces and territories and a process of increasing autonomy from the United Kingdom, highlighted by the Statute of Westminster in 1931, and culminating in the Canada Act in 1982 which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British parliament.
Historically, immigration to Canada stretches back thousands of years. Anthropologists cannot agree about the varied possible models of migration to present-day Canada, or the probable pre-contact native-Canadian population. It is believed that the Inuit arrived independently of other aboriginal peoples at around 1200 AD. Indigenous people contributed greatly to the Early European colonies’ culture and economy; they have subsequently played an important role in the development of a unique Canadian cultural identity.
Immigration has played a crucial role in Canadian history; immigrants now form over 20% of the Canadian population. Canada continues to be one of the most immigrant -friendly countries in the world, with one of the most diverse societies on Earth. Some 220,000 – 260,000 immigrants arrive in Canada every year, although that number reached an unprecedented 280,681 immigrants in 2010. It has been projected that by 2031 about half of the population over the age of 15 will have either one foreign-born parent or will themselves be foreign-born. By 2031, it is expected that minorities will become the majority in Canadian urban areas.
Canada has accepted immigrants from over 199 different countries, but the majority come from the Philippines, China, India, Iran, Haiti, Pakistan, France, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, South Korea, Columbia, Morocco, Algeria, Mexico Egypt, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, the United States and United Kingdom.
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