Migration, and the involvement by Australian churches in ministry to migrants, is
a significant factor in the shaping of both Australian society and the Australian
churches. Many Australians have been directly impacted by the migrant experience.
Some 5.3 million people, or 25% of Australia's population in 2011, indicated that
they were born overseas 1, and 1.8 million people have arrived in Australia 2001-2011,
indicating high levels of recent migration2. 43% of all Australians in 2011 indicated
that they had at least one parent born overseas.3 Moreover, there is an increasing
diversity of source countries of emigration. The top countries of birth in 2011
for Australia's overseas-born population were: United Kingdom (21%), New Zealand
(9%), China (6%), India (6%), and Italy (4%).4 Australia's population is also becoming
increasingly multilingual, with more than half (53%) of those born overseas and
migrating to Australia able to speak a language other than English (LOTE).5 Only
one tenth of migrants identified their ability to speak English as 'not well or
not at all'
Author/s: Ian Duncum, Miriam Pepper, Nicole Hancock and Ruth Powell
Duncum, I., Pepper, M., Hancock, N. & Powell, R. (2014) A comparison of the vitality
of monocultural and multicultural churches, Occasional Paper 24. Sydney: NCLS Research.
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