Britons make up one in every 20 Australians

Published:  1 Apr at 6 PM
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According to the latest Australian census, the country hasn’t lost its popularity as an expat destination for disenchanted UK citizens, as 5 per cent of Oz’s total population are Britons by birth.

A total of 1.1 million Brits are now living in Australia, according to the survey ,and outnumber New Zealanders, the second largest group, by more than double. The census also pinpoints immigration trends as regards location and marital status.

Melbourne and Sydney are the most popular destinations for migrants, home to almost half the total number. Melbourne is the choice for 1.2 million, Sydney is home to 1.5 million, and Perth has 568,000 expats.

More than a third of the population of Sydney arrived from overseas as against 37 per cent in Perth and 35 per cent in Melbourne. With the exception of the Tasmanian city of Hobart at 15 per cent, the average for the rest of the vast country was 26 per cent.

Australia is also popular with Chinese migrants, of whom there are 319,000, and Indian expats number 295,000. Immigrants from Vietnam and Italy total 185,000 each, and the top six countries in total account for 49 per cent of all expat arrivals, most of whom decide to stay on a permanent basis.

The majority of new arrivals settle in Australia’s large cities, although most native Australians prefer to live in the more rural locations. Ethnic suburbs have developed in all the country’s major conurbations, with increased immigration over the last few years confirming the trend to stay within an area giving some familiarity.

Recent studies have revealed that new arrivals are meeting with racism in a few areas, with the trend likely to increase demand for property amongst new arrivals in their specific ethnic quarters. Britons, however, are more likely to live in areas favoured by Australian citizens.
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