The changing face of Chinese immigrants in Canada

  • Shibao Guo
  • Don J. DeVoretz


This paper analyzes the changing characteristics of Chinese immigrants to Canada between 1980 and 2001. It reveals that recent Chinese immigrants to Canada constitute a substantially different group from those of former years. They are no longer a homogeneous group from the rural areas of Mainland China, but in fact citizens of 132 countries, speaking 100 different languages and dialects. This study also reveals significant differences among Chinese subgroups. Given Canada’s time dependent immigration selection procedures, these differences are rationalized on the basis of a proposed single and double selection theory.

Key words

Chinese immigrants Emigration Integration 


De 1980 à 2001, les caractéristiques des immigrants chinois au Canada ont changé. Les immigrants récents se démarquent de ceux des années antérieures en ce qu’ils ne forment plus un groupe homogène issu des régions rurales de Chine: ils provienment de 132 pays et parlent plus de 100 langues ou dialectes. Des différences importantes ressortent aussi entre les sous-groupes de Chinois. Étant donné les mécanismes de sélection canadiens, ces différences sont attribuées à la sélection à sens unique et à la sélection réciproque.


Immigrants chinois Émigration Intégration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shibao Guo
    • 1
  • Don J. DeVoretz
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.RIIM and Simon Fraser UniversityUSA

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