28% Australians is Born Overseas

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

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MORE Australians are born overseas than ever before with 6.6 million residents currently living here arriving from other nations, the highest proportion of the population in 120 years.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data released today shows Australians born outside the country now represent 28 per cent of the population.

“Australia traditionally had a high proportion of migrants, but we’ve now hit a peak not seen since the gold rushes of the late 1800s,” ABS spokeswoman Denise Carlton said.

“Overseas migration has been a large contributor to the total Australian population growth for several years — it has consistently been the main driver since 2005-06, contributing more than 50 per cent of population growth in Australia.

28%Australianisbornoverseas“While the largest migrant groups were people born in the United Kingdom and New Zealand — with a total of over 1.8 million Australian residents being born in those two countries, the next two most common birth places were from the Asian region.

“These were China and India, with around 450,000 and 400,000 people respectively.”

The figures for both countries doubled and tripled over the past decade.

Domestically, people moving to QLD, Victoria and WA continued to outweigh those leaving while there were net losses in residents in every other state and territory.

 

Source: The Australian

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