Australia Hits Highest Immigration Numbers Since Days Of Convict Ships.

Photo: Public domain. The capital city of Canberra in Australia, one of the few cities that are inland.
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Hardly a day goes by without stories hitting the headlines about immigration into the United States, where people  are jumping the fence, or Great Britain where desperate migrants are crossing to the British Isles in rubber dingys, but another large country has a higher proportion of foreign-born residents than either–Australia.

Not since the 1800s have Australian records shown such a high proportion of foreign-born residents.

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday show the proportion of Australia’s population born overseas reached 30.7 per cent in 2023 — up from 29.5 per cent in 2022.

The proportion of foreign-born Australians has not been this high since 1891, when such numbers were first recorded.

While high levels of immigration could be seen in the 1890s, the proportion fell to just 10 per cent in 1947 due to reduced migration during World War One, World War Two and the Great Depression.

Since then, the proportion of overseas-born Australians has only risen — other than a slight interruption to that increase during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ABS confirmed its records were based on population counts taken at the time and Indigenous Australians were not routinely included in such counts until 1971.The latest figures recorded as of June 2023, show

Australia’s resident population was 26.6 million people made up of 18.5 million who were born in Australia and 8.2 million who were born elsewhere.

The nation’s overseas-born population increased by almost half a million people in 2023.

While those born in England continue to be the largest group born overseas, making up 962,000 people, that total number is a slight decrease from a little more than one million people in a decade prior.

The second largest group was those born in India, with a total of 846,000, a number that increased from 754,000 in 2022.

The Chinese-born population was only slightly lower than in previous years, coming in third with 656,000 people.

More New Zealanders than ever now reside in Australia.

Kiwis round out the top four foreign-born populations, accounting for 598,000 people.

A total of 170,000 Australians born in Australia were added to the country’s population. That number accounts for the number of births, minus deaths and net migration to other countries.

Indian, Chinese, Nepali and Filipino communities within Australia were the ones that grew the most between 2013 and 2023.

Of the countries with at least 1,000 people living in Australia, those from Latvia are among the oldest, with a median age of 80 years.

Globally, it’s estimated there were 280.6 million people (or 3.6 per cent of the global population) residing outside their country of birth as of 2020.

The United States had the most foreign-born people than any other nation.

More than 50 million people there were born outside of the country, making up 15.3 per cent of its total population.

Australia ranked ninth in terms of the number of foreign-born people living here, but that number made up a bigger proportion of the population, 29.9 per cent.

In comparison, 88.1 per cent of those who live in the United Arab Emirates were born outside the country, while 72.8 per cent of Kuwait’s population were foreign-born.
Source: SDS.
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