Context statement: An indicator of future requirements for culturally-appropriate welfare services, reflected in changes in the profile of the overseas born population. The rate and pattern of immigration is a factor in overall population growth.
From 1996 to 2020, the proportion of the total Australian population born overseas increased from 23% to 30%.
The number of Australian residents born in Southern and Central Asia has risen the most rapidly. Immigrants from North-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa had the next highest growth rates for the period. From 1996 to 2020, the proportion of Australian residents born in Southern and Eastern Europe and North-West Europe declined.
Travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have disrupted international migration patterns. This information includes data up to 30 June 2020 and as such, covers the start of the COVID-19 pandemic period (ABS 2021).
For more information, see Profile of Australia’s Population.
For international comparison, see International comparisons of welfare data.
Reference: ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2021. Migration, Australia; Reference period: 2019–20 financial year. Canberra: ABS