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Australia’s Popularity Reaches Record Level

With more than a quarter of its population of foreign decent, Australia’s roots are firmly steeped in their rich migrant history and this fact is now supported by new statistics claiming nearly 29% of the country’s population are the children of migrants or are migrants themselves.

Australia’S Popularity Reaches Record Level

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), a record 28.5%, or 6.9 million, of Australia’s total population was born overseas as at the end of June last year.

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Just a decade ago, that proportion stood at 24.6%, or 5 million persons.

“Over the past 10 years, the number of Australian residents born overseas has continued to increase, in particular those born in India and China have both more than doubled in this time,” the ABS said.

There have been some noticeable changes, with the proportion of Australia’s population born in Europe steadily declining while those born in Asian nations continuing to increase.

In overall terms, the ABS says that United Kingdom remains the largest group of overseas-born residents, accounting for 5% of Australia’s total population at the end of June last year.

That cohort was followed by persons born in New Zealand (2.5%), China (2.2%), India (1.9%) and the Philippines and Vietnam, both at 1.0%.

Helping to explain the increase in Australia’s overseas-born population over recent years, a massive 482,665 overseas arrivals — which includes Australian citizens — migrated to Australia over the year.

Of those, 56.5% arrived on a temporary visa. A smaller 19.5% arrived on a permanent visa.

15.4% were Australian citizens returning home, meaning that total arrivals born overseas stood at a shade under 400,000.

In comparison, overseas departures — again including Australian citizens — numbered 293,391 over the same period.

In terms of movements of the population already living in Australia, the ABS said that net interstate migration rose in Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania.

“Victoria continues to have the largest gains, increasing to 16,700 compared with 10,200 from the previous year,” said the ABS.

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“Queensland had the second highest net gain from interstate migration with 11,600.
“New South Wales once again recorded the largest net loss in 2015-16 of 11,300.”

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