The majority of U of T faculty, staff and students polled were born outside Canada in cities that span the globe, from Porto Alegre, Brazil, to Tehran and Hanoi. Of these, 18 per cent are from China, 11 per cent from India and seven per cent from the United States. And of the second-generation Canadians we talked to, 66 per cent have at least one parent of international origin. While many of the polled came from large urban centres (New Delhi, Beijing and Warsaw, to name but a few), small towns were also well represented – including Georgsmarienhütte, Germany, and the market town of Skipton, England.
This highly unscientific poll of 100 U of T members was conducted on two days in July at Sidney Smith Hall on St. George Campus.