Indian population up by 30% in Australia

By Our Reporter

The Indian population in Australia has grown in the last two years according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)—30% in less than two years, making it the third largest migrant group in Australia after England and China, according to the latest figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The ABS’s preliminary estimates suggest there are 592,000 Indians living in Australia as of June 2018, a 30% jump compared to Census 2016 figures which recorded 455,389 Indians living in Australia.

ABS Assistant Director of Migration Statistics Neil Scott said new figures showed that in 2018 just over 29% of Australia’s resident population was born overseas.

Although almost 18 million Australians were born here, the society is continuing to become more culturally diverse over time, said Mr Scott.

New Zealand born (568,000) is now in fourth place with India in third, accounting for 2.4% of the Australian population.

The median age of an Indian migrant is 34 years, same as those born in Australia, says the data.

While 33,310 places of 162,417 permanent places in 2017-18 were granted to Indian citizens, 38,854 visas of 183,608 places went to Indian citizens in 2016-17.

The number of Indian students studying in Australia too ascended to a seven-year high in 2018. According to November 2017 figures, close to 70,000 students were studying in Australian universities and colleges.

Over 7 million migrants were living in Australia as of June 2018, with people born in England continuing to be the largest group of overseas-born residents.


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