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In 2011, 34% 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.

Derived from the Census question:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
WSROC Region - Overseas born (Usual residence)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Vietnam56,7323.41.651,1853.31.5+5,547
China52,2513.13.441,4502.62.6+10,801
India51,5063.02.027,9411.81.3+23,565
Lebanon41,5052.51.340,5282.61.3+977
United Kingdom39,4282.34.142,5442.74.3-3,116
Philippines38,3242.31.432,4982.11.3+5,826
New Zealand28,4421.71.926,8381.72.0+1,604
Iraq26,7011.60.718,4801.20.5+8,221
Fiji21,1321.20.718,6261.20.7+2,506
Italy16,5641.01.018,1441.21.1-1,580
South Korea14,2540.80.911,5430.70.8+2,711
Sri Lanka12,2520.70.59,6160.60.4+2,636
Greece11,6610.70.712,8790.80.8-1,218
Cambodia9,4360.60.28,5000.50.2+936
Hong Kong9,3530.60.88,8890.60.9+465
Pakistan9,2900.50.35,6060.40.2+3,684
Malta8,9380.50.39,7310.60.4-793
Bangladesh8,5260.50.44,4820.30.3+4,044
Croatia8,4720.50.38,8400.60.4-368
Turkey7,9470.50.37,6770.50.3+269
Indonesia7,9280.50.65,8520.40.5+2,076
Egypt7,8910.50.47,0330.40.4+858
Afghanistan7,4090.40.25,9510.40.2+1,458
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)7,3460.40.38,7080.60.4-1,362
Malaysia6,7100.40.65,6250.40.5+1,085
Iran6,4390.40.35,2640.30.3+1,176
Germany6,0220.40.46,5060.40.5-484
Chile5,7200.30.35,8700.40.3-150
South Africa5,2720.30.84,5270.30.7+745
Samoa5,0330.30.24,5270.30.2+506
Poland4,8890.30.35,4850.30.3-596
Nepal4,8830.30.39000.10.1+3,983
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia4,6820.30.34,7300.30.3-48
Bosnia and Herzegovina4,6640.30.24,4100.30.2+254
Sudan4,5950.30.14,5960.30.1-1
Thailand4,2770.30.33,4310.20.3+846
Syria3,7850.20.13,1590.20.1+626
Laos3,5980.20.13,5390.20.1+59
Uruguay3,5240.20.13,7990.20.2-275
Ireland3,3560.20.43,3400.20.3+15
United States of America3,3040.20.52,7570.20.4+547
Tonga3,1650.20.12,7140.20.1+451
Cyprus2,9790.20.13,0560.20.1-78
Netherlands2,9520.20.23,3340.20.3-382
Mauritius2,9000.20.12,7250.20.1+175
Burma (Myanmar)2,8820.20.12,1170.10.1+766
Portugal2,8720.20.22,8970.20.2-25
Argentina2,4880.10.12,6220.20.1-134
Jordan2,2220.10.11,8060.10.1+416
Singapore2,1600.10.21,8820.10.2+278
Peru1,9700.10.11,7200.10.1+250
Taiwan1,8240.10.21,6330.10.2+191
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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)20112006Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Total overseas born654,46538.734.2570,72236.331.7+83,743
Non-English speaking backgrounds573,18233.926.3489,41731.123.9+83,765
Main English speaking countries81,2834.87.981,3055.27.8-22
Australia941,25755.659.9887,50856.460.4+53,749
Not stated97,0175.75.9114,3957.37.9-17,378

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2011
Birthplace, 2011 Vietnam, Greater Sydney: 1.6% China, Greater Sydney: 3.4% India, Greater Sydney: 2.0% Lebanon, Greater Sydney: 1.3% United Kingdom, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Philippines, Greater Sydney: 1.4% New Zealand, Greater Sydney: 1.9% Iraq, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Fiji, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Italy, Greater Sydney: 1.0% Vietnam, WSROC Region: 3.4% China, WSROC Region: 3.1% India, WSROC Region: 3.0% Lebanon, WSROC Region: 2.5% United Kingdom, WSROC Region: 2.3% Philippines, WSROC Region: 2.3% New Zealand, WSROC Region: 1.7% Iraq, WSROC Region: 1.6% Fiji, WSROC Region: 1.2% Italy, WSROC Region: 1.0%
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.
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011
Change in birthplace, 2006 to 2011 Vietnam, WSROC Region: +5,547 China, WSROC Region: +10,801 India, WSROC Region: +23,565 Lebanon, WSROC Region: +977 United Kingdom, WSROC Region: -3,116 Philippines, WSROC Region: +5,826 New Zealand, WSROC Region: +1,604 Iraq, WSROC Region: +8,221 Fiji, WSROC Region: +2,506 Italy, WSROC Region: -1,580
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 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, 38.7% of the population was born overseas, and 33.9% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 34.2% and 26.3% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in the WSROC Region was Vietnam, where 3.4% of the population, or 56,732 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 Vietnam (3.4% compared to 1.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in Lebanon (2.5% compared to 1.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people born in India (3.0% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in United Kingdom (2.3% compared to 4.1%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people born overseas increased by 83,743 or 14.7%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 83,765 or 17.1%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were for those born in:

  • India (+23,565 persons)
  • China (+10,801 persons)
  • Iraq (+8,221 persons)
  • Philippines (+5,826 persons)

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