Afghan Canadian


Afghan Canadian

Infobox Ethnic group
group = Afghanistani Canadian
flagicon|Afghanistan flagicon|Canada
poptime = 48,090 [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census06/data/topics/RetrieveProductTable.cfm?TPL=RETR&ALEVEL=3&APATH=3&CATNO=&DETAIL=0&DIM=&DS=99&FL=0&FREE=0&GAL=0&GC=99&GK=NA&GRP=1&IPS=&METH=0&ORDER=1&PID=92333&PTYPE=88971&RL=0&S=1&ShowAll=No&StartRow=1&SUB=801&Temporal=2006&Theme=80&VID=0&VNAMEE=&VNAMEF= 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] ]
popplace = Greater Toronto Area, Montreal, Vancouver
langs = Canadian English, Persian (Dari), Pashto, and other languages in Afghanistan
rels = Predominately Islam

Afghan (or Afghani) Canadians are Canadians with ancestry from Afghanistan. In the Canada 2001 Census about 25,230 Canadians were from Afghanistan. [ [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/products/highlight/ETO/Table1.cfm?Lang=E&T=501&GV=1&GID=0 Ethno-Cultural Portrait of Canada, Table 1 ] ] The former Minister of Foreign Affairs Bill Graham has recently (2003) said there are about 80,000 people from Afghanistan in Canada. [ [http://www.afghanistannewscenter.com/news/2003/september/sep62003.html Afghanistan News September 5, 2003 ] ] The Canada 2006 Census counted 48,090 Canadians with ancestry from Afghanistan.

They are mostly concentrated in the southwestern region of Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area, with significant communities in Vancouver, Ottawa, and Montreal. They form a very tightly knit community. Afghan Canadians are from various ethnic groups from Afghanistan and can speak Persian or Pashto.

In the Canadian Census, Canadians with descent from Afghanistan are classified as West Asian. [ [http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/040601/d040601a.htm The Daily, Tuesday, June 1, 2004. Pilot survey of hate crime ] ]

Notable individuals

*Hangama - singer
*Nelofer Pazira - filmmaker and author ("Kandahar", "Return to Kandahar", "A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan")
*Wahid Qasemi - singer

References

External links

* [http://canada-afghanistan.gc.ca/cip-pic/afghanistan/menu-en.asp Rebuilding Afghanistan]


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