CANBERRA (XINHUA) – Almost a third of Australian residents were born overseas, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed. According to ABS figures released on Friday April 23, 7.6 million people living in Australia in June 2020 were born in another country.
The cohort represents 30% of the total population of the country against 28% in 2015 and 27% in 2010.
“Australia’s population includes migrants born in almost every country in the world, highlighting our culturally diverse society,” Ms. Jenny Dobak, director of migration statistics at ABS, said in a press release.
“People born in England continue to be the largest group of foreign-born residents, representing 980,000 people. People born in India became the second group in 2020 with 721,000 people.”
More than 650,000 people born in China lived in Australia in 2020 – a 75% increase from 371,000 in 2010 – meaning it has overtaken New Zealand as the third largest country of birth.
The ABS also tabulated the impacts of the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic on migration data, revealing that 510,000 people have arrived to live in Australia from overseas in the 12 months through June 2020. , while a record 315,000 people have left the country.
The number of Australians returning home after living abroad has reached an all-time high of 99,000.