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Major age groups and the overseas-born


At 30 June 2009, as shown in Table 5.7, the majority (76%) of all overseas-born Australian residents were of working age (15-64 years). In comparison, the proportion of overseas-born residents aged 65 years and older and 0-14 years was 18% and 6% respectively.

The overseas-born population from Asia, America and Africa had a proportionally larger young (aged 0-14 years) and working age population compared to those from Europe. Among the regions, Sub-Saharan Africa had the highest proportion aged 0-14 years (13%), followed by Oceania and Antarctica (excl. Aust.) (10%), the Americas (9%), North Africa and the Middle East and Southern and Central Asia (8% each) and South-East Asia (6%). The overseas-born population of Southern and Eastern Europe had the highest proportion (41%) in the resident population who were aged 65 years and over, followed by North-West Europe (28%).

5.7 Estimated resident population, Country of birth and age group - 30 June 2009(a)

POPULATION
PROPORTION
0-14
15-64
65 and over
0-14
15-64
65 and over
Region of birth
no.
no.
no.
%
%
%

Oceania and Antarctica (excl. Aust.)
64 611
550 409
49 202
9.7
82.9
7.4
North-West Europe
71 772
1 075 493
437 811
4.5
67.9
27.6
Southern and Eastern Europe
10 241
486 168
339 142
1.2
58.2
40.6
North Africa and Middle East
26 286
265 073
39 081
8.0
80.2
11.8
South-East Asia
46 130
654 164
51 879
6.1
87.0
6.9
North-East Asia
31 517
548 029
45 549
5.0
87.7
7.3
Southern and Central Asia
37 759
433 398
33 064
7.5
86.0
6.6
Americas
20 918
199 963
20 186
8.7
82.9
8.4
Sub-Saharan Africa
35 618
222 410
20 534
12.8
79.8
7.4
Total overseas-born
344 852
4 435 107
1 036 448
5.9
76.3
17.8
Total Australia-born
3 844 362
10 416 033
1 878 454
23.8
64.5
11.6
Total
4 189 214
14 851 140
2 914 902
19.1
67.6
13.3

(a) Estimates for 2008-09 are preliminary - see paragraphs 9-10 of the Explanatory Notes.


At 30 June 2009, of the top 50 countries of birth, Nepal-born, Taiwan-born and Bangladesh-born residents had the highest proportion (96%, 92% and 92% respectively) of all overseas-born residents aged 15-64 years. Following closely behind were those persons born in Hong Kong and Vietnam (90% each). The top five countries of birth with the highest proportion of their populations aged 65 years and older were: Italy (55%); Greece (52%); Hungary (51%); Austria (42%); and the Netherlands (41%). Among the overseas-born residents, Sudan-born had the highest proportion (21%) of residents aged 0-14 years, followed by the United States of America (16%), Afghanistan (14%), South Africa and Singapore (13% each), and Pakistan and Zimbabwe (12% each).



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