Number of Nepal-borns in Australia increasing by 27.8% a year, the highest rate of increase among top 50 source countries

By Ram Khatry, Sydney
13 June 2017


The rate of increase in the number of Nepal-borns that call Australia home continues to dominate figures representing top 50 source countries.

According to statistics available with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), immigrants from the mountain nation “had the highest rate of increase between 2006 and 2016 with an average annual growth rate of 27.8%”. This surprising growth began from a base of only 4,400 resident population of Nepalese origin in 2006.

When southasia.com.au reported on the subject in 2015, the annual growth rate was exactly at 27.0%. Growth rate of Nepalese Australian population has been consistently on the rise ever since.

The second highest increase in number of people born overseas is that of Pakistanis who at 13.2% per year growth are followed by Brazilians.

These figures represent immigrants born overseas, not those who are born in Australia to immigrant parents.

As of 30 June 2016, 28.5% of the estimated resident population in Australia was born overseas which translates to 6.9 million people. This was an increase from 30 June 2015 figures, when 28.2% of the Australian population was born overseas.

As Australia remains a favoured destination country for people seeking better future and opportunities, the number of persons born overseas may only continues to make up a great chunk of the estimate resident population.

Needless to say, Indians are doing great in terms of their total population Australia, obviously leading all South Asians. The proportion of the Australian population who were born in India has increased from 0.8% in 2006 to an impressive 1.9% in 2016.

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