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Overseas arrivals

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797,694 people who were living in Western Australia in 2016 were born overseas, and 23% 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 Western Australia 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.

Western Australia'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
Western Australia - Overseas born (Usual residence)2016
Year of arrival in AustraliaNumber%Australia %
2011 to 9 Aug 2016179,58222.521.5
2006 to 2010152,86819.216.0
2001 to 200570,5878.89.1
1991 to 2000 (10 year period)85,58510.712.4
1981 to 1990 (10 year period)100,04812.512.5
1971 to 1980 (10 year period)69,7358.78.8
1961 to 1970 (10 year period)76,0599.59.6
Arrived in 1960 or earlier38,6334.86.7
Not stated24,5973.13.5

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, Australia: 3.5% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, Australia: 6.7% 1961 to 1970, Australia: 9.6% 1971 to 1980, Australia: 8.8% 1981 to 1990, Australia: 12.5% 1991 to 2000, Australia: 12.4% 2001 to 2005, Australia: 9.1% 2006 to 2010, Australia: 16.0% 2011 to 9 Aug 2016, Australia: 21.5% Not stated, Western Australia: 3.1% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, Western Australia: 4.8% 1961 to 1970, Western Australia: 9.5% 1971 to 1980, Western Australia: 8.7% 1981 to 1990, Western Australia: 12.5% 1991 to 2000, Western Australia: 10.7% 2001 to 2005, Western Australia: 8.8% 2006 to 2010, Western Australia: 19.2% 2011 to 9 Aug 2016, Western Australia: 22.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the year of arrival for the overseas born population of Western Australia in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who arrived before 2001, and a larger proportion of recent overseas arrivals (those who arrived between 2011 to 9 Aug 2016).

Overall, 46.4% of the overseas born population arrived before 2001, and 22.5% arrived during or after 2011, compared with 50.0% and 21.5% respectively for Australia.

The major differences in year of arrival data in the population between Western Australia and Australia are:

  • A larger percentage of arrivals between 2006 and 9 Aug 2011 (19.2% compared to 16.0%)
  • A larger percentage of arrivals between 2011 to 9 Aug 2016 (22.5% compared to 21.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of arrivals between in 1960 or earlier (4.8% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of arrivals between 1991 and 2000 (10.7% compared to 12.4%)

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