The recently released census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that the Nepalese population doubled in Australia in the last 5 years. Results of the 2021 census released on Tuesday reveal that Australia has become a majority migrant nation. It is recorded that for the first time in Australia’s history more than 50 percent of residents were born overseas.
The country’s population has seen a twofold increase in the past 50 years and there have been additional 1 million new residents since 2017. The recently released census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that migration from Nepal, India and the Philippines has seen a significant surge in the last two decades. According to the census, the Nepalese population in Australia is 122,515 which Nepalese population doubled in Australia in the last 5 years.
The 2021 census has significantly pointed out that Australia as a country has grown bigger in terms of population, more diverse, and less religious. The numbers of migrants from the two closest neighbors in South Asia India and Nepal soared high. Nepal accounted for the second-largest increase which was doubled in the census of 2016. More than two in three of the people born in Nepal were aged between 25 and 44 and one in four were aged 15-24 when the census was held.
Nepalese population was not even 5000 fifteen years ago, now Nepalese diaspora has surpassed the 100,000 mark. The massive increase adds 124 percent to the total population of Nepalese-born people living in Australia in 2016 according to the last census held in 2016. The growth is the largest in terms of percentage and the numbers are the second largest after the Indian migrants. According to the 2006 Australian census, there were only 4,567 Nepalese in Australia 15 years ago. The contribution to surge is largely contributed by the international students.
It also shows that about 5.5 million Australians speak a language different from English at home. Since 2016, there has been an addition of 800,000 people who speak other than the English language. Mandarin continues to be the most common language other than English in Australian homes, followed by Arabic. In Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Mandarin is the most spoken language after English and Nepalese is the most spoken language after Mandarin other than Mandarin. The same is the case with Tasmania where the Nepalese language is the second most spoken language after Mandarin other than English.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that the top five reported ancestries in Australia were English (33.0 percent), Australian (29.9 percent), Irish (9.5 percent), Scottish (8.6 percent), and Chinese (5.5 percent).