There are more Sri Lankans in Canada than in the United States.

In 2006, about 103 625 Canadians and residents of Canada were of Sri Lankan ethnic origin. Canada has admitted far more immigrants from Sri Lanka than the United States. Below is a graph showing the total number of Sri Lankan immigrants admitted to Canada versus the United States from 1991 to 2003.

Total Immigration admitted to Canada and the United States from Sri Lanka, 1991-2003

In the period of 1991 to 1995, Canada admitted 37 345 immigrants from Sri Lanka, while the United States admitted only 6 492. This means that Canada admitted about 475% more Sri Lankan immigrants than the United States during that period. While the total number of Sri Lankan immigrants in Canada is already several times greater than that of the United States, given that the total population of Canada is about one tenth the population of the United States, the number of Sri Lankan immigrants admitted to Canada per capita during that period would be about 58 times that of the United States.

Within Canada, about 138,675 people spoke Tamil, and 19,830 spoke Sinhalese in 2006. In Toronto of the same year, 110,450 people spoke Tamil, and 12,690 spoke Sinhalese.

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7 Responses to “There are more Sri Lankans in Canada than in the United States.”

  1. Alston Says:

    Holy crap. I don’t know anything about the relationships between Canada and Sri Lanka compared to the US and that country. What’s with the huge discrepancy?

  2. Restructure! Says:

    I don’t know why, but here is a 2005 report about it, which the graph derives from:

    Click to access 11-01-2005.pdf

    One of Canada’s fastest growing communities, the Sri Lankan population has been one of the top ten sources of immigration to this country in through the late 1990’s and in the past few years. Indeed Canada is home to the largest Tamil community in the world outside of Sri Lanka. This
    contrasts with the United States that has admitted far fewer immigrants from that country than its northern neighbor. Moreover while Canada admitted more than 2 000 refugees from Sri Lanka in 2003, the United States took in a mere 43. For its part, the US but has received considerably more immigrants from Indonesia than has Canada (admitting over 10 000 during the 1990’s which is nearly as much as the entire Canadian population from that part of the world).

    According to the 2001 census, there are some 91 670 Sri Lankan born Canadians the vast majority-some 84%-in the province of Ontario with more than 10% in Quebec (on the basis of ethnic origin the numbers surpassed 100 000 with 61 315 Sri Lankan and 39 075 Tamil). Toronto is by far home to the largest Sri Lankan community on the continent with nearly 72 000 persons born in that country (on the basis of ethnic origins 45 240 reported Sri Lankan and 33 145 Tamil)
    and Montreal with just over 10 000 persons born in that country (on the basis of ethnic origin 8 465 Sri Lankan and 2 920 Tamil). As such it would likely be those two cities most likely best situated to receive any immigrants from that country that would be admitted through the family
    reunification program.

  3. um.. Says:

    thats amazing…but I think its improtant to know why. We can see the numbers, but i think they should have done research on why so many more Sri Lankans have come to Canada instead of the U.S.

  4. Restructure! Says:

    Here is some more info about Tamils and Tamil Canadians:

    The second link suggests that the difference is in refugee policy. Canada is very welcoming of refugees from Sri Lanka because of humanitarian sentiments, while “the United States has adopted a particularly restrictive approach to Tamil refugee applicants.”

  5. Shivendra Says:

    Your website has lot of false information about Tamils from Sri Lanka. Such as “Indeed Canada is home to the largest Tamil community in the world outside of Sri Lanka.”
    India has nearly 70 million Tamils about 11% of the India’s population is Tamils. Tamil Nadu is the homeland of all Tamils in the world…

  6. Restructure! Says:

    Sorry, I’ve crossed out the sentence in the quote in the comments.

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