Notes on the data: Non-English speaking countries of birth

Top ten birthplaces of people born in non-English speaking countries, 2011

 

Policy context:  In the post-war period (in particular from the 1950s) the majority of immigrants from non-English speaking countries came to Australia from Europe; in recent years the proportion of these immigrants from Europe has declined. The largest non-English speaking groups at the time of the 2011 Census were from Asia, including from countries such as China, India and Malaysia; and from Africa. The most rapidly growing groups from among this top ten were India, China and Malaysia [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. The proportion of the overseas-born population arriving from countries outside Europe and Asia has also increased [1].

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 residents of Australia who were born overseas in one of the predominantly non-English speaking countries which are in the top ten for Australia in terms of high numbers of migrants. These are, from highest to lowest: China (excluding Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong & Macau, and Taiwan), India, Italy, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Germany, Greece, Sri Lanka and Lebanon.

 

Numerator:  People born in the top ten non-English speaking countries:
China (excluding Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong & Macau, and Taiwan), India, Italy, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Germany, Greece, Sri Lanka and Lebanon

 

Denominator:  Total population

 

Detail of analysis:  Per cent

 

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

 

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