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After 1967, with the liberalization of Canadian immigration policy, Alberta quickly began to receive a substantial portion of its newcomers from outside the traditional sources of Europe and the United States including, for the first time, a large number of immigrants from Latin America and Africa. However, the vast majority of newcomers during this period arrived from Asia and, in particular, Southeast Asia.

By far, people of Chinese origin from various parts of Southeast Asia made up the largest immigrant group. Because of Canada's policy shift to evaluating potential immigrants on the basis of skills and education, this new generation of immigrants generally moved into "white collar" areas of work not traditionally occupied by Chinese-Canadians. They were also fortunate to have an established, supportive Chinese community within the province.

During this period AlChinese man reading sign posted on building written in Chineseberta also received large numbers of: Southeast Asians such as Vietnamese, Filipinos and Koreans; South Asians, such as the East Indians and Pakistanis; and West Asians, including the Lebanese. However, unlike the Chinese and the waves of Europeans who had been arriving for decades, most of these new immigrant groups did not have existing ethnic communities to rely on for support. Although almost all resided in Alberta's cities, they were cultural pioneers in their own right.

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