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THE nationâ€™s migrant population is at its highest since the gold rush era of the late 1800s, says a new report
February 8, 2015 Asian arrivals are rapidly changing the face of Australia, with the number of Chinese and Indian-born residents nearing the one million mark. Almost 30 per cent of Australians were born overseas as of June 30 last year, said the ABS report. This included 1.22 million UK-born people, 617,000 New Zealanders, 447,400 from China, 397,000 Indians and 225,000 Filipinos.
The Indian-born population has almost tripled since 2004, while Chinese numbers have almost doubled.
â€œAustralia traditionally had a high proportion of migrants, but weâ€™ve now hit a peak not seen since the gold rushes of the late 1800s,â€ said ABS spokeswoman Denise Carlton.
Victoria continued to lead the nation in growth last year, with net migration of 68,141.
This comprised 59,358 net overseas migrants and 8783 net interstate arrivals.
The stateâ€™s biggest migrant group was the UK born with 221,000 people, then Italians (90,000) New Zealanders (71,300), Chinese (68,500), Vietnamese (65,200), Greeks (63,300) and Indians (60,000).
Victoriaâ€™s population reached 5.53 million last year while the national total was 22.34 million.
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