Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Indians becomes second highest number of migrants in Australia

Indians becomes second highest number of migrants in Australia

Australian Statistician David Kalisch said the range of Census data would provide insights into the makeup of the Australian population and will be used to guide critical decisions over the coming years.

The census shows Australia reached a "tipping point" in 2016 where only slightly more than half its residents had two Australian-born parents.

Despite the difficulty in accessing the website, however, the ABS said the media attention on the debacle actually brought awareness to the Census and led to faster than usual completion of the documents.

The first results of the latest national Census this week have revealed Australia is a fast changing, ever-expanding, culturally diverse nation.

More than 1.3 million have moved to Australia since 2011, with England remaining the dominant single source of expatriates.

While much of the Census data on housing, population and demographics is now available from the Australia Bureau of Statistics, the advanced tools like TableBuilder and DataPacks are set for release in July 2017.

Most of our new migrants settle in Australia's biggest cities - Sydney and Melbourne - but Kiwis are more likely to head north to Queensland. The Hindu population was at 0.3 percent as per the 1991 census. Tasmania had the highest proportion of people (38.2%) stating that they did not have a religion.

The results of last year's census, which was disrupted by hackers, will be released.

The growth of the private rental sector largely reflects the high costs of home purchase. It's in north-western South Australia, and it has seen its total population decline from 2,924 to 2,635 since 2011, and its median age increase - its population now is also almost 62.5% male. Simultaneously, there was a dramatic increase in the percentage born in China - 1.5% to 2.2% - and born in India - 1.4% to 1.9%. In 2016, women made up 50.5 per cent of the population with men making up 49.5 per cent. Those aged 85 plus number half-a-million.

Australians were born in almost 200 countries, come from more than 300 different ancestries, speak more than 300 languages and practice over 100 religions. An email was circulated urging people to refrain from opting for the "no religion" choice as it would give "prominence" to Muslims in Australia.

There has been a 4.5 per cent increase in the number of residents who were born overseas since the previous census in 2011. There's 26 percent of the country who weren't born here, higher than the United States (14 percent), Canada (22 percent), New Zealand (23 percent) and the United Kingdom (13 percent).

Nearly half of Australians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who was born abroad, according to new census data which shows that the country is becoming more Asian and less European.

With three levels of government operating in Australia, one thing this nation certainly does not need is more politicians spoiling the broth.

Kylie Surgess from The Atheist Foundation of Australia believes religion should be eliminated from cultural, political and business sectors, saying the policy should be based on scientific evidence rather than religion.

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