A report entitled ‘The People of Australia’ from immigration department of Australia has announced that the immigrant population of the nation comes from over 250 nations, and that Asian immigrants in the country are increasing.
The Indian population in Australia has risen by 148,000 during 2006 and 2011; the Philippines by 51,000 and the Chinese mainland-born by 112,000.The people from New Zealand and England continue to be major segments of foreign born population in Australia accounting for 483,000 and 900,000 respectively.
Sydney is considered to have highest number of foreign born Australians with 1.5m while Melbourne has 1.2m. Foreign born residents constitute 35.1 percent of the residents in Perth. Greek, Arabic, Mandarin, Italian Vietnamese and Cantonese are the major non English languages used in the country.
Scott Morrison, Immigration minister of Australia said that the report statistics will help the government and other agencies to recognize the sectors that have a necessity of English language services.