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Greater Western Sydney Region

Overseas arrivals

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817,562 people who were living in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 were born overseas, and 18% 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 Greater Western Sydney Region 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 Greater Western Sydney Region'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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Overseas born (Usual residence)2016
Year of arrival in AustraliaNumber%Greater Sydney %
2011 to 9 Aug 2016145,00217.721.4
2006 to 2010121,31414.814.5
2001 to 200586,87810.610.0
1991 to 2000 (10 year period)148,60018.216.0
1981 to 1990 (10 year period)131,46716.114.4
1971 to 1980 (10 year period)73,0248.98.6
1961 to 1970 (10 year period)54,1946.67.2
Arrived in 1960 or earlier30,7173.84.5
Not stated26,3663.23.3

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 Sydney: 3.3% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, Greater Sydney: 4.5% 1961 to 1970, Greater Sydney: 7.2% 1971 to 1980, Greater Sydney: 8.6% 1981 to 1990, Greater Sydney: 14.4% 1991 to 2000, Greater Sydney: 16.0% 2001 to 2005, Greater Sydney: 10.0% 2006 to 2010, Greater Sydney: 14.5% 2011 to 9 Aug 2016, Greater Sydney: 21.4% Not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.2% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.8% 1961 to 1970, Greater Western Sydney Region: 6.6% 1971 to 1980, Greater Western Sydney Region: 8.9% 1981 to 1990, Greater Western Sydney Region: 16.1% 1991 to 2000, Greater Western Sydney Region: 18.2% 2001 to 2005, Greater Western Sydney Region: 10.6% 2006 to 2010, Greater Western Sydney Region: 14.8% 2011 to 9 Aug 2016, Greater Western Sydney Region: 17.7%
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 the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a larger proportion of people who arrived before 2001, and a smaller proportion of recent overseas arrivals (those who arrived between 2011 to 9 Aug 2016).

Overall, 53.6% of the overseas born population arrived before 2001, and 17.7% arrived during or after 2011, compared with 50.8% and 21.4% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences in year of arrival data in the population between the Greater Western Sydney Region and Greater Sydney are:

  • A larger percentage of arrivals between 1991 and 2000 (18.2% compared to 16.0%)
  • A larger percentage of arrivals between 1981 and 1990 (16.1% compared to 14.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of arrivals between 2011 to 9 Aug 2016 (17.7% compared to 21.4%)

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