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  • Vital Signs Report Shows Stark Picture of Population Challenges

    An immigration consultant says more information is needed on why people leave Newfoundland and Labrador.

    James Rosario was at yesterday’s release of Vital Signs, a province-wide checkup which concludes that the province has to diversify by attracting and retaining immigrants. While the total immigrant population increased by about 3,000 from 2011 to 2016, it says in 15 years kids will not have a sibling or a cousin.

    Rosario, who used to be an international student at MUN, is with the Filipino Association. He stayed in the province but says others have gone. He says nobody has ever asked them about why immigrants arrive, then leave.

    Some of the other findings in the Vital Signs report:

    – 105 people out of 100,000 in NL went to hospital for an intentional self-inflicted injury… 68 in the rest of Canada.

    – The equivalent of two high schools a year drop out of school.

    – There are as many people living in the greater Grand Falls-Windsor area as there are now in the whole of Labrador.

    – 66 per cent of all minimum wage workers are women.

    – We prescribe antibiotics 53 per cent more than the national average.

    – There are innovative things being done in our health care system to reduce strain on emergency rooms.

    – The cost of a healthy food basket has gone up by about $30.

    – Average household income has gone up substantially to $77,000 but we’re saving less.

    – 165 people were homeless in St. John’s last April 11th.

    – Our robbery crime rate has consistently fallen below the national average but we have more break and enters.

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