New census numbers show that more Asians are immigrating to Australia. There has been an overall increase in Australia's population due to a resources boom and growing immigration.
Figures from the 2011 census showed that Mandarin is
now the second most popular language spoken after English. Until recently
Italian was the second most popular language. Additionally, data from the
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that Western Australia and
Queensland both recorded double-digit population growth over the past five
years, much higher than the national average of 8.3 percent.
accounted for the biggest increase in immigration to Australia in terms of
ethnicity, with Indian and Chinese the fastest-growing groups. The census showed
that around one in four of the 21.5 million people surveyed in the census last
year were born outside Australia, compared with 22 percent a decade ago.
Furthermore, the number of European immigrants coming to Australia has decreased
from more than half of arrivals a decade ago to 40 percent last year.
"We're in the midst of a huge mining boom and we have many young people
come here to study to go to university," said Andrew Henderson, executive
director of the ABS. "These [factors] are giving us a lot more exposure in
Despite the increase in immigration numbers, Australia is still
struggling to attract enough workers for its booming mining
"The population and service implications of resource and
mineral activities is really quite profound but this hasn't really been
reflected in the census data," said Henderson. "Building a mine can require
between four to five times as many people as operating it."
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