Notes on the data: Birthplace & Non-English speaking residents

People born in predominantly non-English speaking countries resident in Australia for five years or more, 2011

 

Policy context:  People in this category were born in predominantly non-English speaking countries and have been in Australia for five years or more. In the post-war period (in particular from the 1950s), the majority of immigrants from non-English speaking countries came from Europe; in recent years the proportion of these immigrants from Europe has declined. The most rapidly growing non-English speaking groups are now from Asia (including from countries such as China, India, Viet Nam and Malaysia), and from Africa [1].

Reflecting this trend, the proportion of migrants born in Asia increased from 24% of the overseas-born population in 2001 to 33% in 2011 [1]. The proportion of the overseas-born population arriving from countries outside Europe and Asia has also increased.

Reference

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Cultural diversity in Australia - Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census, 2012-2013. (ABS Cat. no. 2071.0). Canberra: ABS; 2012.
 

Notes:  The data comprise people born in predominantly non-English speaking countries arriving prior to 2007.

'Predominantly non-English speaking countries' comprise all but the following overseas countries, designated as 'English speaking': Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The data exclude the 5.6% of the population who did not state their country of birth, as well as the 4.5% of people born overseas who did not state their year of arrival. (The proportions excluded were calculated based on the Australian data.)

 

Numerator:  People born in predominantly non-English speaking countries, and resident in Australia for five years or more

 

Denominator:  Total population

 

Detail of analysis:  Per cent

 

Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census 2011 data.

 

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