First year of ERM shows re­sults

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Estrie

Formedin the fall of 2011, the ERM Estrie re­gionale has re­leased the re­sults of its first year of op­er­a­tions. ERM Estrie is a spe­cial task force that in­cludes po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Quebec, the Sher­brooke

in ei­ther the city or the rest of the prov­ince.

What mat­ters for the fu­ture of French is not what the mother tongue of im­mi­grants hap­pens to be, but which of the two of­fi­cial lan­guages these im­mi­grants adopt upon their ar­rival in Quebec.

And ac­cord­ing to the num­bers, im­mi­grants seem to be choos­ing French over English, a trend that has lasted at least a decade. The pro­por­tion of al­lo­phones speak­ing French at home ei­ther part or most of the time has risen from 34.7% to 40% in ten years, while the pro­por­tion of al­lo­phones speak­ing English at home ei­ther most or part of the time has dropped from 34% to 29.9% dur­ing the iden­ti­cal time frame.

Here in the Eastern Town­ships, the num­ber of mother-tongue fran­co­phones has ei­ther stayed steady or in­creased dur­ing the last five years.

In Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC, the pro­por­tion of fran­co­phones has in­creased from 79.6% of the pop­u­la­tion to 82% of the pop­u­la­tion. An­glo­phones, by con­trast, have dropped from 17.4% to 14.9%.

In Coat­i­cook MRC, the in­crease of mother-tongue fran­co­phones has been less pro­nounced, rep­re­sent­ing 88% of the pop­u­la­tion to­day, up from 87.3% in 2006.

Sim­i­larly, the drop of the pro­por­tion of an­g­los in Coat­i­cook has been mar­ginal.

In both Coat­i­cook and Mem­phrem­a­gog MRCs, the al­lo­phone pop­u­la­tion has de­clined con­sid­er­ably, in some cases by over a half. In Coat­i­cook, al­lo­phones rep­re­sent 0.8% of the pop­u­la­tion, down from 1.5% in 2006. In Mem­phrem­a­gog, they rep­re­sent 1.5% of the pop­u­la­tion, down from 2.1%.

Only in Sher­brooke do we see the num­ber of al­lo­phoness in­creas­ing, from 5.4% in 2006 to 5.6% in 2011.

The num­ber of bilin­gual peo­ple in Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC has gone up, rep­re­sent­ing 50.2% of the pop­u­la­tion—higher than the pro­vin­cial av­er­age of 42%.

By con­trast, the num­ber of bilin­gual peo­ple in Coat­i­cook MRC is only 37.6%. In Sher­brooke, it is 41.9%

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