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Indians become biggest migrant group in Australia’s Victoria state: Census

Indians in the Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria record a growth of 2.3% in the last ten years, according to latest census figures.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2017 10:24 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at audience at the Civic Reception at City Hall in Brisbane. There are higher proportions of India-born residents in Australia’s Victoria followed by Italy, Vietnam, Greece and Sri Lanka than any other state or territory.(PTI File Photo)

Indians haveemerged as the fastest growingmigrant group in the Australia’s second-most populous state ofVictoria, recording a growth of 2.3% in the last ten years, according to latest census figures.

There were higher proportions of India-born residents in Victoria followed by Italy, Vietnam,Greeceand Sri Lanka than any other state or territory, it said.

According to the latest figures released by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) inVictoria, Indians haveemerged as the fastest growingmigrant group in the state.

Victoria is the country’s most densely populated state and its second-most populous state overall.

In terms of population growth nationally, for the top 50 countries of birth in 10 years, peoplefrom Nepal had the highest rate of increasewith an average annual growth rate of 27.8% which stood ata small base of 4,400 persons in2006.

The second fastest increase over theperiod was in the number of persons from Pakistan at13.2% per year on averagefollowed by those from Brazil at 12.1%, India at10.7%and Bangladesh at8.9%.

Persons from the UKcontinued to be the largest group of overseas-born residents, accounting for 5.0%of Australia’s total population till June last yearfollowed by persons from New Zealand at2.5%, China at2.2%, India at1.9% and Philippines and Vietnam atboth one per cent.

New South Wales had the highest proportion of people from China grownat2.6% since 2006.

Nationally, the proportion of Australians born overseas continuedto reach new heights recording a growth ofover 28%.

During the period of 10 years, the number of Australian residents born overseas, particularly in India and China, have both more than doubled in this time, according to official data.

In contrast, Australian residents in Germany have had almost zero growth and those in Italy have seen more than a 10% drop.

Over the last 10 years, the proportion of the Australian population who were born in the UK decreased from 5.5%in 2006 to 5.0% in 2016.

Conversely, the proportions increased for people from New Zealand from 2.1 per centto 2.5%, China from 1.2%to 2.2%and India from 0.8% to 1.9%.

First Published: Apr 12, 2017 14:33 IST