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In 2016, 36% of people in the WSROC Region, came from countries where English was not their first language.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in the WSROC Region. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for Australia's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, the WSROC Region's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual birthplace groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
WSROC Region - Overseas born (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
India74,2764.92.747,3293.42.0+26,946
China50,3533.34.737,2222.73.4+13,130
Vietnam45,2863.01.740,0932.91.6+5,192
Philippines40,2182.61.634,9292.51.4+5,288
Iraq34,3172.30.825,1621.80.7+9,154
United Kingdom32,1332.13.735,5642.64.1-3,432
New Zealand25,9431.71.824,0951.81.9+1,847
Lebanon22,6081.51.221,7571.61.3+851
Fiji19,4491.30.718,7761.40.7+672
South Korea15,4761.01.010,8700.80.9+4,606
Sri Lanka14,7771.00.611,6010.80.5+3,176
Pakistan12,6730.80.56,7530.50.3+5,920
Italy10,9810.70.812,2660.91.0-1,286
Afghanistan10,2850.70.37,0300.50.2+3,254
Cambodia9,8370.60.28,9790.70.2+857
Iran9,7720.60.56,0650.40.3+3,707
Nepal8,3850.60.63,4870.30.3+4,898
Hong Kong8,2540.50.87,3250.50.8+929
Malta7,4620.50.38,2940.60.3-833
Turkey6,9950.50.27,2470.50.3-253
Croatia6,6140.40.37,7340.60.3-1,121
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)6,4570.40.36,7040.50.3-247
Malaysia6,3580.40.65,5620.40.6+796
Egypt5,9530.40.45,2320.40.4+720
Bangladesh5,5900.40.53,7230.30.4+1,867
Indonesia5,5510.40.64,8510.40.6+699
Samoa5,1570.30.24,2610.30.2+896
South Africa4,8640.30.74,7530.30.8+110
Syria4,8620.30.22,3920.20.1+2,469
Chile4,8540.30.25,0920.40.3-238
Thailand4,7790.30.53,4840.30.3+1,295
Germany4,5510.30.45,1270.40.4-577
Sudan4,2000.30.14,1220.30.1+77
Greece3,8570.30.64,1830.30.7-326
Bosnia and Herzegovina3,7390.20.14,3030.30.2-564
Poland3,5430.20.24,0730.30.3-530
Laos3,3910.20.13,4380.30.1-47
United States of America3,2250.20.52,8620.20.5+363
Uruguay2,9030.20.13,2150.20.1-313
Tonga2,8160.20.12,5430.20.1+273
Ireland2,7640.20.42,7880.20.4-25
Burma (Myanmar)2,7370.20.12,2760.20.1+461
Taiwan2,5740.20.21,5790.10.2+995
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia2,5480.20.22,5880.20.3-40
Netherlands2,2960.20.22,7110.20.2-415
Mauritius2,1040.10.12,1630.20.1-59
Singapore2,0590.10.21,7820.10.2+277
Argentina1,8620.10.12,1830.20.1-321
Peru1,8250.10.11,7030.10.1+122
Jordan1,7830.10.11,5550.10.1+228
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
WSROC Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Total overseas born614,32540.436.7519,81637.934.2+94,509
Non-English speaking backgrounds544,03935.829.3448,45132.726.3+95,588
Main English speaking countries70,2864.67.371,3645.27.9-1,079
Australia814,03853.657.1777,31756.659.9+36,720
Not stated91,4766.06.375,8015.55.9+15,674

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2016
Birthplace, 2016 India, Greater Sydney: 2.7% China, Greater Sydney: 4.7% Vietnam, Greater Sydney: 1.7% Philippines, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Iraq, Greater Sydney: 0.8% United Kingdom, Greater Sydney: 3.7% New Zealand, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Lebanon, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Fiji, Greater Sydney: 0.7% South Korea, Greater Sydney: 1.0% India, WSROC Region: 4.9% China, WSROC Region: 3.3% Vietnam, WSROC Region: 3.0% Philippines, WSROC Region: 2.6% Iraq, WSROC Region: 2.3% United Kingdom, WSROC Region: 2.1% New Zealand, WSROC Region: 1.7% Lebanon, WSROC Region: 1.5% Fiji, WSROC Region: 1.3% South Korea, WSROC Region: 1.0%
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.
Change in birthplace, 2011 to 2016
Change in birthplace, 2011 to 2016 India, WSROC Region: +26,946 China, WSROC Region: +13,130 Vietnam, WSROC Region: +5,192 Philippines, WSROC Region: +5,288 Iraq, WSROC Region: +9,154 United Kingdom, WSROC Region: -3,432 New Zealand, WSROC Region: +1,847 Lebanon, WSROC Region: +851 Fiji, WSROC Region: +672 South Korea, WSROC Region: +4,606
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the country of birth of the population in the WSROC Region in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a larger proportion of people born overseas, as well as a larger proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 40.4% of the population was born overseas, and 35.8% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 36.7% and 29.3% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in the WSROC Region was India, where 4.9% of the population, or 74,276 people, were born.

The major differences between the countries of birth of the population in the WSROC Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of people born in India (4.9% compared to 2.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in Iraq (2.3% compared to 0.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in United Kingdom (2.1% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in China (3.3% compared to 4.7%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people born overseas increased by 94,509 or 18.2%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 95,588 or 21.3%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were for those born in:

  • India (+26,946 persons)
  • China (+13,130 persons)
  • Iraq (+9,154 persons)
  • Pakistan (+5,920 persons)

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