3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/06/2011   
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  • At 30 June 2010, data on the estimated resident population of Australia (22.3 million people) revealed that 27% of the population was born overseas (6.0 million people).
  • Persons born in the United Kingdom continued to be the largest group of overseas-born residents, accounting for 5.3% of Australia's total population at 30 June 2010. Persons born in New Zealand accounted for 2.4% of Australia's total population, followed by persons born in China (1.7%), India (1.5%) and Italy (1.0%).
  • The proportion of the Australian population who were born in the United Kingdom experienced a decline between 2000 and 2010 (5.9% in 2000 and 5.3% in 2010). Conversely, the proportions increased for people born in New Zealand (from 1.9% to 2.4%), China (from 0.8% to 1.7%) and India (from 0.5% to 1.5%).
  • At 30 June 2010, the majority (76%) of all overseas-born Australian residents were of working age, 15-64 years (see table 4.5). The overseas-born population from Asia, America and Africa had proportionally larger young (0-14 years) and working age (15-64 years) populations compared to those from Europe.

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