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Overseas arrivals


This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

24,955 people who were living in City of Darwin in 2016 were born overseas, and 34% 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 City of Darwin 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.

City of Darwin'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 Darwin - Overseas born (Usual residence)2016
Year of arrival in AustraliaNumber%Greater Darwin %
map this data in atlas.id2011 to 9 Aug 20168,55634.331.3
2006 to 2010
2001 to 2005
1991 to 2000 (10 year period)
1981 to 1990 (10 year period)
1971 to 1980 (10 year period)
1961 to 1970 (10 year period)
Arrived in 1960 or earlier
Not stated

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 Darwin: 4.0% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, Greater Darwin: 3.0% 1961 to 1970, Greater Darwin: 6.6% 1971 to 1980, Greater Darwin: 8.9% 1981 to 1990, Greater Darwin: 10.4% 1991 to 2000, Greater Darwin: 8.7% 2001 to 2005, Greater Darwin: 6.4% 2006 to 2010, Greater Darwin: 20.8% 2011 to 9 Aug 2016, Greater Darwin: 31.3% Not stated, City of Darwin: 3.7% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, City of Darwin: 2.9% 1961 to 1970, City of Darwin: 6.1% 1971 to 1980, City of Darwin: 8.8% 1981 to 1990, City of Darwin: 9.8% 1991 to 2000, City of Darwin: 8.0% 2001 to 2005, City of Darwin: 5.9% 2006 to 2010, City of Darwin: 20.5% 2011 to 9 Aug 2016, City of Darwin: 34.3%
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 City of Darwin in 2016 compared to Greater Darwin 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, 35.6% of the overseas born population arrived before 2001, and 34.3% arrived during or after 2011, compared with 37.6% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Darwin.

The major difference in year of arrival data in the population between City of Darwin and Greater Darwin is:

  • A larger percentage of arrivals between 2011 to 9 Aug 2016 (34.3% compared to 31.3%)

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