Top 5 Countries Providing Most Permanent Migrants to Australia

In the financial year 2022-2023, Australia faced a surge in immigration matters. The lift of Covid-
19 restrictions was a great factor for this spike in foreigners coming to Australia, increasing the
communities across the country.
Here are the top 5 nationalities for permanent migrants in Australia:

  1. United Kingdom
    At the end of June 2022, over 1.1 million people who were born in the United Kingdom were
    living in Australia, 5.5 per cent (66,870) less than at 30 June 2012. This makes it the largest
    migrant community in Australia, equivalent to 14.9 per cent of Australia’s overseas-born
    population and 4.4 per cent of Australia’s total population.
    For Australia’s United Kingdom-born migrants:
    Their median age of 59.1 years was 20.6 years above that of the general population.
    Males outnumbered females—50.9 per cent compared with 49.1 per cent.
  2. India
    At the end of June 2022, 753,520 Indian-born people were living in Australia, more than twice
    the number (355,380) at 30 June 2012. After the United Kingdom, the Indian-born population is
    the second largest migrant community in Australia, equivalent to 9.8 per cent of Australia’s
    overseas-born population and 2.9 per cent of Australia’s total population.
    For Australia’s Indian-born migrants:
    The median age of 35.9 years was 2.6 years below that of the general population.
    Males outnumbered females—54.2 per cent compared with 45.8 per cent.
  3. China
    At the end of June 2022, 597,440 Chinese-born people were living in Australia, 47.0 per cent
    more than the number (406,390) at 30 June 2012. This makes the Chinese-born population the
    third largest migrant community in Australia after the United Kingdom and India, equivalent to
    7.8 per cent of Australia’s overseas-born population and 2.3 per cent of Australia’s total
    population.

For Australia’s Chinese-born migrants:
The median age of 40.1 years was 1.6 years above that of the general population.
Females outnumbered males—55.9 per cent compared with 44.1 per cent.​

  1. New Zealand
    At the end of June 2022, 586,020 New Zealand-born people were living in Australia, 2.9 per
    cent more than the number (569,630) at 30 June 2012. This is the fourth largest migrant
    community in Australia, equivalent to 7.6 per cent of Australia’s overseas-born population and
    2.3 per cent of Australia’s total population.
    For Australia’s New Zealand-born migrants:
    The median age of 46.0 years was 7.5 years above that of the general population.
    Males outnumbered females—50.8 per cent compared with 49.2 per cent.
  2. Philippines
    At the end of June 2022, 320,300 Filipino-born people were living in Australia, 55.4 per cent
    more than the number (206,110) at 30 June 2012. This is the fifth largest migrant community in
    Australia, equivalent to 4.2 per cent of Australia’s overseas-born population and 1.2 per cent of
    Australia’s total population.
    For Australia’s Filipino-born migrants:
    The median age of 41.0 years was 2.5 years above that of the general population.
    Females outnumbered males—60.8 per cent compared with 41.0 per cent.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia’s Population by Country of Birth

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

9 Apr, 2024

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