Cities with high interracial dating
Non-whites make up more than 45 per cent of residents in each metropolis.
A surprise in the report, however, is that the city of Victoria, with only 11 per cent of residents belonging to a visible minority, comes in third in Canada for the proportion of couples in mixed unions, at 7.2 per cent.
Hispanics come in second as the most likely to marry outside their ethnicity.African American women are less likely to marry outside of their race.Women marry someone of another race approximately 12% of the time.In Kelowna, the ratio of visible minorities in mixed unions is even higher, at 39 per cent.Faizal Sahukhan, a Fijian therapist who specializes in counselling “inter-cultural” couples, says he’s found far more people in Metro Vancouver engage in inter-ethnic dating than actually “make the leap into marriage.” Despite the high proportion of visible minority immigrants and their offspring in Metro Vancouver, Sahukhan said the “biggest barrier to mixed unions is parental influence.” Asked why the proportion of visible minorities entering mixed unions tends to go down when the size of their ethno-cultural group goes up in a city, Sahukhan said, “Many people who are immigrants to Canada want to preserve homogeneity when their children begin to marry.” North Shore-raised Kate Worthy, who is married to Paul Chu, was a bit taken aback that multicultural Metro Vancouver doesn’t have a larger proportion of people in mixed unions. She said it’s important that both partners are adept in at least one shared language.