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Overseas arrivals


This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for the LGA or other primary area only. What's this?

9,779 people who were living in the City of Adelaide in 2016 were born overseas, and 12% arrived in Australia within 5 years prior to 2016.

The Year of Arrival data records when the overseas born population arrived in Australia. The data shows the degree to which areas are 'ports' for new overseas arrivals and reveals the role of the City of Adelaide in housing the overseas-born. The number of recent overseas arrivals in an area is often determined by housing affordability, employment opportunities and pre-existing communities located in the area.

The City of Adelaide's Year of Arrival data, when used with Birthplace, Religion and Language Spoken at Home data, is a good indicator of the likely need for services in migrant communities.

Derived from the Census question:

'In what year did the person first arrive in Australia to live here for one year or more?'

Overseas born population

Overseas arrivals
City of Adelaide - Overseas born (Usual residence)2016
Year of arrival in AustraliaNumber%Greater Adelaide %
2011 to 9 Aug 20165,49356.220.5
Arrived 2006-20101,20112.316.2
2001 to 20054684.87.0
1991 to 2000 (10 year period)4865.08.3
1981 to 1990 (10 year period)4444.59.6
1971 to 1980 (10 year period)3053.18.8
1961 to 1970 (10 year period)4284.415.2
Arrived in 1960 or earlier4284.411.4
Not stated5265.43.0

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Overseas arrivals, 2016
Overseas arrivals, 2016 Not stated, Greater Adelaide: 3.0% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, Greater Adelaide: 11.4% 1961 to 1970, Greater Adelaide: 15.2% 1971 to 1980, Greater Adelaide: 8.8% 1981 to 1990, Greater Adelaide: 9.6% 1991 to 2000, Greater Adelaide: 8.3% 2001 to 2005, Greater Adelaide: 7.0% Arrived 2006-2010, Greater Adelaide: 16.2% 2011 to 9 Aug 2016, Greater Adelaide: 20.5% Not stated, City of Adelaide: 5.4% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, City of Adelaide: 4.4% 1961 to 1970, City of Adelaide: 4.4% 1971 to 1980, City of Adelaide: 3.1% 1981 to 1990, City of Adelaide: 4.5% 1991 to 2000, City of Adelaide: 5.0% 2001 to 2005, City of Adelaide: 4.8% Arrived 2006-2010, City of Adelaide: 12.3% 2011 to 9 Aug 2016, City of Adelaide: 56.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the year of arrival for the overseas born population of the City of Adelaide in 2016 compared to Greater Adelaide shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who arrived before 2001, as well as a smaller proportion of recent overseas arrivals (those who arrived between 2006 and 2011).

Overall, 21.4% of the overseas born population arrived before 2001, and 12.3% arrived during or after 2006, compared with 53.3% and 16.2% respectively for Greater Adelaide.

The major differences in year of arrival data in the population between the City of Adelaide and Greater Adelaide are:

  • A larger percentage of arrivals between 2011 to 9 Aug 2016 (56.2% compared to 20.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of arrivals between 1961 and 1970 (4.4% compared to 15.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of arrivals between in 1960 or earlier (4.4% compared to 11.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of arrivals between 1971 and 1980 (3.1% compared to 8.8%)

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