Alberta welcomes migrant workers
29 December 2011
For concise and recent immigration information watch our news.Alberta is Canada's fastest growing province thanks to its enormous oil reserves. The population has increased to 3.7 million; a 37 percent increase compared to ten years ago. As a result, large companies such as Statoil and Exxon Mobil Corp are going from strength to strength and they need the help of immigrant workers.
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Arriving immigrants benefit from economic growth; They also enjoy a welcoming atmosphere too.
'I came here because it's easy to get a job,' said Hong Wei Pei, a Chinese immigrant. 'Most people here are immigrants and the locals are friendly and welcoming. If you work hard you'll be successful.'
The rise in immigration is shaping the province in ways that were never imagined. Albertan citizens recently elected the first Muslim mayor of Canada in Calgary city.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi praised the people of Alberta, while remaining optimistic for the future.
'There are very few places in the world where a kid from a minority ethnic community, a minority faith community, could be elected your mayor without anyone blinking an eye,' he said. 'It's up to us to model to the rest of the world a place where multiculturalism works.'
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