Surrey's population is now over 500,000. That is an increase of over 49,000 new residents in the last 5 years. At the pace of 1,000 new residents every month, Surrey will be soon surpassing Vancouver in population as the largest city in BC, supposedly by 2030. And, who are the contributors? The immigrants. The Chinese, the Philippines and the Indians. The majority of these immigrants are making up about forty percent of the population. And, not forgetting the refugees, which makes up about five percent of the new immigrants. Surrey has got 26% more refugees than any other city in BC, and most are struggling to survive the higher cost of living compared to other provinces in Canada.
Where are most of the immigrants moving to? Mostly to the south and east part of Surrey - Grandview Heights, Sunnyside Heights, South Newton, and Clayton. Surrey Central is also attracting a fair bit, too, especially with all the new condo developments being built in the next five years.
I feel fortunate to live among such diverse ethnic backgrounds where our children need to learn about tolerance and compassion in order to live harmoniously with others.