3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/08/2012   
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15 August 2012
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

Most Aussie migrants born in the UK

Of the 6 million plus migrants living in Australia, over a million people were born in the United Kingdom found the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. The next largest group was those who were born in New Zealand, followed by China, India and Vietnam.

However, over the last decade, the proportion of Australian residents who were born in the UK has declined from 5.8% of the population in 2001 to 5.3% in 2011. In contrast, the proportions increased for people born in New Zealand (from 2.0% to 2.5%), China (from 0.8% to 1.8%) and India (from 0.5% to 1.5%).

In 2010-11, the most populated states received the greatest number of overseas migrants: New South Wales with a net of 50,200 persons, followed by Victoria (45,700 persons) and Queensland (31,300 persons). The Northern Territory had the lowest contribution with a net of 630 persons.

In 2010-11, net interstate migration contributed to a population gain for Queensland (7,200 persons), Western Australia (6,200 persons), Victoria (3,800 persons) and the Australian Capital Territory (1,400 persons). Those states that lost from interstate migration were New South Wales (13,200 persons), South Australia (2,600 persons), the Northern Territory (2,500 persons) and Tasmania (50 persons).

More information on migrants living in Australia and data on overseas, interstate and regional migration can be found in Migration, Australia 2010-11 (cat. no. 3412.0) and the associated data cubes under the downloads tab.

Media notes:
  • Population numbers in this article are based on the 2011 Census.
  • Net interstate migration (NIM) is the net gain or loss of population through movement of people from one state or territory of usual residence to another.
  • Net is the number of arrivals less the number of departures.
  • When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.