Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Geelong is a city of migrant stories

from w
Geelong is a city of many migration stories and here are some stats. from a City of Greater Geelong initiative re being multicultural - not that it has been a deliberate policy of the Council as much of the groundwork has been done by the Geelong Ethnic Council (Geelong Migrant Resource Centre) and now called Diversitat. Fortunately we live in a city that has a good record of welcoming new settlers and being friendly. Our local newspaper guys even shout hoorah to people like Oprah Winfrey though she didn't pass by here!

Demographic Profile of Geelong Today
The population of the municipality is 217,935 with more than two thirds of the populationresiding in urban areas

People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds make up 18.2% of residents. Those born overseas make up 15.8%. Languages other than English are spoken in 8% of homes, mostly commonly Italian, German, Dutch, Greek and Serbian.
The 2006 Census enumerated the following CALD population in the municipality. Out of a total population of 197,475:
· 31,200 (15.8%) were born overseas
o 13,209 (6.7%) were from English speaking countries
o 17,991 (9.1) were from non-English speaking countries
· 3,343 (1.7%) have arrived since 2001
o 2,160 (1.1% ) from non-English speaking countries
· 18,127 (9.2) speak languages other than English at home
o Main languages are Italian, Greek, German, Dutch, German and Serbian
· 134,554 (68.1%) profess some religious affiliation
10 http://forecast2.id.com.au/default.aspx?id=268&pg=5000
While not reflected in the 2006 census data, in recent years there has been an increase ofarrivals from the Africa, Liberia, Middle East, and Burma. These communities include
refugees and humanitarian entrants. Among them are approximately 30 unaccompanied
refugee minors. Estimated arrivals since 2004 are:
· 1,200 skilled migrants and the families
o The largest group are from countries including Ireland, UK and Scotland
· 868 refugee or humanitarian entrants including
o 400 Karen or Kareni from Burma
o 300 Sudanese
o 81 Liberians
o 51 Congolese
o 41 Afghani
o 5 Iraqui
· (annually) 2000 international students
o mostly from India, China, Malaysia, Pakistan



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