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New Australians Getting Older

Back in the 1950's migrants were streaming into Australia as fast as the baby boomers were popping out of maternity wards. They were growing the population at about 2%pa each. At the same time, the percentage of the population which was born overseas was at its lowest level ever at 10% compared to today's 25%. This combined with a lower proportion of the population in the cities brought stark reactions to migrants on the street. The Veteran generation referred to them as 'New Australians'.

Now the 'New Australians' are old Australians by age and ways. The oldest are the Italians whose median age is 65 in 2005, followed closely by the Greeks at 63. Fifty years later they are as protective of 'Australian (blended)Culture' as their Australian born children. Like the rings of a tree the younger overseas born show the later trends in immigration with Taiwanese, Afghan and Sudanese born youngest at median ages 30, 29 and 23 respectively. We have added a Miscellaneous Chart with all the median ages in Research Centre.

Posted Wednesday, 29 March 2006


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