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Understanding refugee communities

Who are our refugee communities?

‘Refugees’ describes the situation of people, but it doesn’t define who they are. Australia has many different refugee communities. Whether you are looking to learn more about them, you have a friend from that community, or you are working with or supporting refugees, you can find out much more about them using the information here.

Statistics

Settlement data

The Department of Social Services maintains statistics on the people coming to Australia. Unfortunately, they have recently decommissioned their excellent Settlement Reporting Facility, which made it easy to search for information about where refugees came from, their visa category, their local government area and State, and key demographic statistics. However, their most requested data is now on data.gov.au.

The census

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ QuickStats series presents key themes from the Census relating to persons, families and dwellings for people born in a selected range of countries. Users can select from the top 53 countries of birth for geographic areas ranging from Australia, States and Territories to Greater Capital City Statistical Areas and Rest of State.

Go to QuickStats

Summaries by States

.idCommunity is an excellent resource for community profiles based on census data. It combines a range of demographic resources, including from the census, for each local government area. Multicultural NSW also has key profiles by ancestry, country of birth, language, Local Government Area, and Commonwealth Electoral Division on areas within NSW on this resource.

Go to .idCommunity

The Victorian Government has also produced a report from the 2016 census data on the key cultural and language diversity indicators for Victoria’s population. It includes country of birth (birthplace), language spoken at home and religion by Local Government Areas (LGA). The Report also includes profiles for the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s 8 Regional Advisory Council (RAC) regions.

Population Diversity in Local Councils 2011

The Queensland Government has produced snapshot figures in a flyer for Queensland.

https://www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/multicultural-affairs/multicultural-communities/multicultural-diversity-figures.html

The Western Australian Government has produced an interactive tool, Diversity WA, which you can search to find out more key information about diversity in WA in a graphical way.

Go to Diversity WA Community profiles have also been produced for some South Australian local government areas.

Community profiles

If you want to know more about where people from, there are some excellent resources out there.

SBS Cultural Atlas

This excellent resource allows you to explore key aspects of a community’s culture, using a friendly and easy interface. It supplements a cultural competency course that can also be taken online.

Read the Cultural Atlas

The Department of Social Services

The Department of Social Services has a series of community profiles developed for our refugee communities. Go to DSS Community Profiles

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