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Macarthur Region

Overseas arrivals


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

68,841 people who were living in the Macarthur Region in 2016 were born overseas, and 14% 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 Macarthur 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 Macarthur 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
Macarthur Region - Overseas born (Usual residence)2016
Year of arrival in AustraliaNumber%Greater Sydney %
2011 to 9 Aug 20168,63212.521.4
2006 to 20109,29613.514.5
2001 to 20056,7329.810.0
1991 to 2000 (10 year period)12,17717.716.0
1981 to 1990 (10 year period)11,77517.114.4
1971 to 1980 (10 year period)7,53410.98.6
1961 to 1970 (10 year period)6,8479.97.2
Arrived in 1960 or earlier3,7125.44.5
Not stated2,1363.13.3

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, Macarthur Region: 3.1% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, Macarthur Region: 5.4% 1961 to 1970, Macarthur Region: 9.9% 1971 to 1980, Macarthur Region: 10.9% 1981 to 1990, Macarthur Region: 17.1% 1991 to 2000, Macarthur Region: 17.7% 2001 to 2005, Macarthur Region: 9.8% 2006 to 2010, Macarthur Region: 13.5% 2011 to 9 Aug 2016, Macarthur Region: 12.5%
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 Macarthur 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 2006 and 2011).

Overall, 61.1% of the overseas born population arrived before 2001, and 13.5% arrived during or after 2006, compared with 50.8% and 14.5% respectively for Greater Sydney.

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

  • A larger percentage of arrivals between 1961 and 1970 (9.9% compared to 7.2%)
  • A larger percentage of arrivals between 1981 and 1990 (17.1% compared to 14.4%)
  • A larger percentage of arrivals between 1971 and 1980 (10.9% compared to 8.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of arrivals between 2011 to 9 Aug 2016 (12.5% compared to 21.4%)

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