Brossard: the East is in the suburbs

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir
To the first floor of the Centre Sino-Québec de Brossard, newcomers can attend language courses to facilitate their integration.

Through the cities, several districts stand out for the diversity and history of the people who have chosen to live. In the second paper of this series, you have to present the postcard from Brossard, a suburban city become the anchor point for the chinese immigrants outside of Montreal.

The asian community of Brossard has no neighborhood to speak of, but this commercial centre Taschereau boulevard, located at the intersection of highway 10, is without a doubt office a rallying point.


Next to the grocery store asian Kim Phat, which attracts customers from various origins in the after-noon of the month of November, you will find restaurants, vietnamese, Korean, and Mongolian. It is also in this complex that is located in the Centre Sino-Québec de la Rive-Sud, a community-based organization that facilitates the integration of asian immigrants.


To the first floor, Yong Liu to attend a course of English offered by the centre. Arrived in Brossard there are three months to join his wife and daughter, this former employee of the chinese ministry of Revenue appreciates already in his new city. “I love the environment, the parking lots are large and there are a lot of Chinese,” he says through an interpreter.


And he’s right : according to the census of 2016, approximately 37 % of the approximately 87 000 inhabitants in Brossard are immigrants. And among the 57 cultural communities represented, that of the Empire of the Middle is by far the most impressive. Today it represents 13% of the population.


To find its place

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir
“The Chinese love to get between them, so they are more visible,” says Noureddine Belhocine, director-general of the international House on the South Shore.

Mr. Liu admits that it is not easy to integrate when we don’t speak the language of the majority. After having learned English, he will try to learn French, but he is a little worried. “The French, it is difficult,” he says. In Brossard, with about a third of the population speaks only English or a language other than French at home.


Guang Li Liu, who teaches French at the Centre Sino-Québec, pointed out that the story of each immigrant is different and that some may be struggling to find their place in the first few years. “We listen to their needs, and we look at what we can do for them,” says-t it.


The chinese community, that some have described as isolated, however, has several faces. Michelle Hui, whose grandparents are from Shanghai and the parents, of Hong Kong, has studied in French at the elementary and high school, and then in English at the cégep and university levels. After being involved for years, the young woman of 26 years who has obtained a seat on the municipal council of Brossard on November 5, last.


“The Chinese love to get between them, so they are more visible. They are less diluted in the company. But they are not alone, ” says Noureddine Belhocine, director-general of the international House on the South Shore. There are several communities of varying importance. “


Since 1975, this community-based organization located a few kilometres from the Centre?Sino-Québec?is welcoming to immigrants and refugees sponsored by the government. In the local maze-like organization, newcomers from the four corners of the planet are divided into ten classes of francisation.


In addition to the Chinese, Brossard account, in particular, a large moroccan community, the afghan and colombian.


Avoid the ghettos


A few decades ago, the first immigrants were first chosen Brossard due to the price of housing is lower than Montreal, said Mr. Belhocine. The snowball effect ” was then done its work : the newcomers were joined by their family and the following generations have been attracted by the presence of organizations to support them.


The international House has also helped to diversify Brossard, since it is the anchor of the refugees to the public on the South Shore of Montreal. When she helps to find housing, she rules most of the time to districts which are located near the premises of the organization to facilitate the follow-up.


For the chinese community, the student of geography at UQAM Dominique Lambert concluded in a thesis published in 2015 that the presence of many real estate agents chinese in Brossard effect has been to swell its ranks.


According to Noureddine Belhocine, it is clear that the trend observed in recent years will continue. “In some schools of Brossard, close to 80 % of the students are original immigrant, note the man of algerian origin. These people will surely settle here, marry here, so Brossard, inevitably, will continue to diversify. “


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