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More than a quarter of Australians born overseas 

According to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics over 28% of Australians were born overseas. 

The figures show that over the past decade, the number of Australians born overseas has continued to increase.  Those born in India and China have both more than doubled in this time. In contrast, Australian residents born in Germany have had almost zero growth and those born in Italy have seen more than a 10% drop.

The number of Australian born in Asian countries had the largest growth in the past year, including Japan (24%), China (8%), Malaysia (7%) and India (6%).

Only 5% were born in the United Kingdom and 2.5% in New Zealand. 

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