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Australia Migrant News: Census results shows 26% of the Australian population are expats.

Australia Migrant News: Census results shows 26% of the Australian population are expats.

Australia Migrant News Census Results Shows 26 Of The Australian Population Are Expats


Recent census shows that as many as 26% of the Australian population is foreign born migrants. The data also tells migrants where fellow expats like to settle in Australia. Perhaps there is merit in know your foreign neighbour chose that area for a reason.

Most of Australia’s migrant population is British born with around 1 in 20 citizens hailing from the UK. The second largest contributor to Australia’s migrant population comes from their closest neighbour, New Zealand.

At the time of the census 319,000 Chinese nationals were living in Australia, 295,000 India nationals and 185,000 Italians and Vietnamese were living in the country.

26% of the Australian population is migrants.

The census seemed to prove that most migrants move to Australia for the long-haul with the majority of European-born migrants are well integrated in Aussie society having lived in Australia for several decades – some in excess of four decades.

Migrants from countries like China, India and other Asian countries are relatively new to the Australian migrant population having lived in the country for between five and six years, but the influx of migrants from these countries is growing steadily as Australia becomes a favourite expat destination.

While European and Australian born nationals prefer to settle close to, yet outside, major city limits. With 64% of Australian-born nationals living in urban areas, 85% of foreign born nationals chose to live in urban areas.

The extent to which migrants settled in urban areas differs by their country of birth. Some of the most urbanised population groups in Australia were migrants born in Somalia (98%), Lebanon, Macau, Macedonia, China and Vietnam all at 97%, followed by Greece at 95% and India at 93%.

By contrast, migrants from New Zealand (78%), the United Kingdom (74%), Germany (72%) and the Netherlands (64%) tended to be less concentrated in major urban areas. They were still more likely, however, to live in a major urban area than people born in Australia.

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