The immigrant population of St. Thomas and Elgin is not spread over the County evenly. When looking at all the immigrants in the County St. Thomas has the largest proportion at 33%. While Southwold and Dutton/Dunwich each only have 2% The distribution of immigrants has also been changing in the last few census periods. Between 2001 and 2006 31% of the immigrants into the area settled in St. Thomas, only 8% settles in the West of the County (West Elgin, Dutton/Dunwich, Southwold), while the East of the County had the largest settlement of newcomers at 56%.
Language can often be a barrier that immigrants face. In rural regions there is a smaller likelihood that services will be offered in a dominant language. Sharing languages also leads to the establishment of networks. In rural areas it is not unlikely for language speakers to be unique which leads to isolation. The largest language group in the County is the German language group, which is followed by many European language groups as well.
Often there is a misconception that all immigrants are visible minorities, this is not that case. In Elgin County the immigrant population is predominantly coming from a European background and as such do not typically appear to be visible minorities. In Elgin the east has the highest rate of immigration, but also some of the lowest rates of visible minorities in the population.
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