More of Asians in Australia

January 29th, 2009 - 12:01 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Recently, there are more Asian families growing rapidly in Australia as for the Asian population is rapidly growing as more regional immigrants pour into a country once despised for its racially exclusive policies, in Australia.

There is an increasing numbers of immigrants from India and China and the traditional sources of new arrivals in the so-called ‘Lucky Country’ such as Britain and Italy - suffered a decline, a review of the latest census revealed. Not only China and India, countries provides an increasing numbers of immigrants but also including Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea and South Africa. In the duration of 1996 and 2006, the overseas-born population grew by 13 per cent from 3.9 million to 4.4 million people ‘and featured a major increase in Asian immigration,’ the figures showed.

The ‘Portrait of a Nation’ provided by the Australia Bureau of Statistics after analysis of the 2006 tally shows that a quarter of the population was born overseas.

The former British penal colony, which has become a sought-after destination for its laid-back sun-and-surf lifestyle, was until 1973 ruled by a ‘White Australia’ policy restricting immigration to Westerners.

‘Country of birth groups which increased the most between 1996 and 2006 were New Zealand (by around 98,000 people), China (96,000) and India (70,000),’ the census revealed.

‘In contrast, European country-of-birth groups declined sharply over the same period - Italy by 39,000 people, the United Kingdom by 35,000 and Greece by 17,000.’

However, while the ratio of Asian immigration to European arrivals changed - with six of the 10 most common birthplaces of migrants being Asian countries - 92,000 Britons still accounted for most new residents.

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