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No country for old canucks?

12 March 2012

CBC News:

On average, three Canadians for every 100,000 visiting Mexico are killed or assaulted per year, according to more than a decade’s worth of data from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

However, when looking at Canadians most popular travel destinations, China topped the list for the rate of assaults and murders involving Canadian visitors. About seven Canadians out of every 100,000 travelling to the country came under attack, though most were assaults.

Jamaica was second to China, with about five out of every 100,000 Canadian travellers assaulted or killed on average per year.

The rates are based on the number of assault and murder cases reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2010, compared with visitor figures for overnight trips from Statistics Canada.

Even Australia is more dangerous for Canadians than Mexico, though not by much:

If you’re a Canadian, you have a slightly lower risk of being assaulted in Australia (2.207 vs. 2.089 assults per 100,000), but a slightly higher risk of being murdered…  the Aussies doing in 0.269 of every 100,000 Canadians, and the Mexicans only 0.268.


However, if you get drunk and stupid and squashed by a taxi in Mexico, or fall off a balcony while coked to the gills, your survivors will get a shitload of sympathy from the Canadian media and you’ll be considered the victims of a horrid conspiracy.

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