Afghan Canadians

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Afghan Canadians
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Greater Toronto Area, Montreal, Vancouver
Canadian English, French, Persian, Pashto, and other Afghan languages
Predominantly Shia Islam, and Sunni Islam Minorities of Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism

Afghan Canadians are Canadians with ancestry from Afghanistan. Their ethnic origin may come from any of the ethnic groups of Afghanistan. In the Canada 2001 Census about 25,230 Canadians were from Afghanistan.[2] The former Minister of Foreign Affairs Bill Graham has recently said there are about 80,000 people from Afghanistan in Canada.[3] Due to the political borders at earlier times, some of these Afghan immigrants may have been ethnic Pashtuns from British India (present-day Pakistan) or Afghanistan.

They are mostly concentrated in the southwestern region of Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area, with significant communities in Vancouver, Ottawa, and Montreal. Afghan Canadians are from various ethnic groups from Afghanistan and are able to fluently speak Dari, Pashto or Turkmen.

In the Canadian Census, Canadians with descent from Afghanistan are classified as West Asian.[4]

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  1. ^ "Ethnic Origin (247), Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses (3) and Sex (3) for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census". 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2011-10-24. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Ethno-Cultural Portrait of Canada, Table 1". Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Afghanistan News September 5, 2003". Archived from the original on October 1, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  4. ^ "The Daily, Tuesday, June 1, 2004. Pilot survey of hate crime". 2004-06-01. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 

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