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Perth Metropolitan Area

Overseas arrivals

596,967 people who were living in the Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 were born overseas, and 27% arrived in Australia within 5 years prior to 2011.

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 Perth Metropolitan Area 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 Perth Metropolitan Area'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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Overseas born (Usual residence)2011
Year of arrival in AustraliaNumber%Greater Perth %
2006 to 9 Aug 2011159,47026.726.8
2001 to 200566,55211.111.1
1991 to 2000 (10 year period)80,30113.513.4
1981 to 1990 (10 year period)92,07715.415.4
1971 to 1980 (10 year period)62,78810.510.6
1961 to 1970 (10 year period)69,14011.611.6
Arrived in 1960 or earlier38,5566.56.5
Not stated28,0834.74.7

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Overseas arrivals, 2011
Overseas arrivals, 2011 Not stated, Greater Perth: 4.7% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, Greater Perth: 6.5% 1961 to 1970, Greater Perth: 11.6% 1971 to 1980, Greater Perth: 10.6% 1981 to 1990, Greater Perth: 15.4% 1991 to 2000, Greater Perth: 13.4% 2001 to 2005, Greater Perth: 11.1% 2006 to 9 Aug 2011, Greater Perth: 26.8% Not stated, Perth Metropolitan Area: 4.7% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, Perth Metropolitan Area: 6.5% 1961 to 1970, Perth Metropolitan Area: 11.6% 1971 to 1980, Perth Metropolitan Area: 10.5% 1981 to 1990, Perth Metropolitan Area: 15.4% 1991 to 2000, Perth Metropolitan Area: 13.5% 2001 to 2005, Perth Metropolitan Area: 11.1% 2006 to 9 Aug 2011, Perth Metropolitan Area: 26.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (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 Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion of people who arrived before 2001, as well as a similar proportion of recent overseas arrivals (those who arrived between 2006 and 2011).

Overall, 57.4% of the overseas born population arrived before 2001, and 26.7% arrived during or after 2006, compared with 57.5% and 26.8% respectively for Greater Perth.

There were no major differences between Perth Metropolitan Area and Greater Perth in 2011.

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