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3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON

Comparison of selected countries, based on data from the United Nations' Trend in International Migration Stock: The 2008 Revision(footnote 1) (see table 4.1), shows that in 2010, Australia had one of the highest proportions of overseas-born residents (27%); third highest behind Singapore (41%) and Hong Kong (39%).

4.1 PROPORTION OF OVERSEAS-BORN, Selected countries

1990
1995
2000
2005
2010
%
%
%
%
%

Australia(a)
22.8
23.0
23.0
24.2
26.8
Canada
16.2
17.2
18.1
19.5
21.3
China(b)
-
-
-
-
0.1
France
10.4
10.5
10.6
10.6
10.7
Greece
4.1
5.1
6.7
8.8
10.1
Hong Kong (SAR of China)
38.9
39.1
40.0
39.5
38.8
India
0.9
0.7
0.6
0.5
0.4
Indonesia
0.3
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
Italy
2.5
3.0
3.7
5.2
7.4
Japan
0.9
1.1
1.3
1.6
1.7
Korea, Republic of (South)
1.3
1.3
1.2
1.2
1.1
Malaysia
5.6
5.8
6.7
7.9
8.4
New Zealand
15.5
16.1
17.7
20.9
22.4
Papua New Guinea
0.8
0.7
0.5
0.4
0.4
Philippines
0.3
0.3
0.4
0.4
0.5
Singapore
24.1
28.5
33.6
35.0
40.7
South Africa
3.3
2.7
2.3
2.6
3.7
Sweden
9.1
10.3
11.2
12.3
14.1
United Kingdom
6.5
7.2
8.1
9.7
10.4
United States of America
9.1
10.5
12.1
13.0
13.5
Vietnam
-
0.1
0.1
0.1
0.1
World
2.9
2.9
2.9
3.0
3.1

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Estimated resident population at 30 June for selected years. Data for 2010 is preliminary. <Source: ABS cat. no. 3101.0>
(b) China (excludes SARs and Taiwan).
Source: United Nations' Population Division, Trend in International Migration Stock: The 2008 Revision. Accessed 8 March 2011.


In 2010, the smallest proportions of overseas-born populations were to be found in China, Indonesia and Vietnam, with 0.1% each. The growth in the proportion of overseas-born in Australia, between 1990 and 2010, was constant; increasing 4 percentage points over the twenty years. However, the magnitude of the growth was lower than that experienced by Singapore; increasing 17 percentage points.

1 United Nations Population Division, Trend in International Migration Stock: The 2008 Revision. Accessed 8 March 2011. <back




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