Tight restrictions and codes relating to immigrants their assimilation in Quebec are being blamed for causing a mass exodus from the Canadian province.
"Quebecers are leaving the province in numbers not seen for more than a decade, a trend some observers are blaming in part on a visceral public debate about immigrant accommodation."
"In 2006-2007, 41,831 people moved out of Quebec, while 26,263 settled in the province - a net loss of 15,568 people."
"The public discourse about assimilation was spurred by recent cases including a contentious code of conduct for immigrants adopted last winter by a small central Quebec town."
"The Hérouxville controversy was followed by bitter debate about whether Muslim women should have the right to wear a veil while voting."
"The Montreal Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR) believes the heated debate on Quebec identity is making many feel unwelcome in the province."