Australia’s migrant population falls for first time 20 years


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) yesterday released a new report, entitled Australia’s Population by Country of Birth, which showed that 7.5 million Australians were born overseas as at June 2021, down from 7.7 million a year earlier.

In percentage terms, 29.1% of Australians were born overseas in 2021, down from 29.8% a year earlier:

Percentage of Australians born overseas

Commenting on the results, Jenny Dobak, Head of Migration Statistics at the ABS, noted;


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Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. He is also a co-founder of MacroBusiness. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.