Indians have become the second highest number of migrants living in Australia at 163,000 since 2011 followed by people of Chinese origin, according to the latest census data.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the latest figures of the country’s fast changing population and demographics that has recorded 1.3 million new migrants settled in Australia since 2011 from around 180 countries, including India and China.

According to official data, the Census 2016 recorded new migrants from India at 163,000 since 2011, emerging as the most common countries of birth of new arrivals after China at 191,000 new migrants.

The census updated the Australia’s population at 24.4 million people in 2016 from over 21.5 million in 2011.

It said that of all Australian residents, just more than a quarter of people (26 per cent) said they were born overseas, with England remaining the most common country of birth other than Australia.

However, the census noted that for the first time, China, India, and the Philippines topped the list as the country of birth other than Australia for the Australian residents.

b’The Census 2016 recorded new migrants from India at 163,000 since 2011 | Source: India link’

The proportion of people born in China and India rose since 2011 from 6.0 per cent to 8.3 per cent, and 5.6 per cent to 7.4 per cent, respectively, with majority of migrants are settling in Sydney and Melbourne.

England tied with India for the most common country of birth outside Australia, with both countries accounting for 2.9 per cent of Victoria s population, official data said.

It revealed that the diversity of New South Wales (NSW), with more than a one in four (27.6 per cent) of the State’s residents born overseas, up from 24.3 per cent in 2011.

In 2016, Chinese living in NSW stood at 234,508 and was the leading country of birth outside Australia, followed by England at 226,564 people and India at 143,459 people.

For the state of Queensland, New Zealand (4.3 per cent) remained the most commonly reported country of birth outside Australia at 4.3 per cent, followed by England at 3.8 per cent and India at 1.0 per cent.

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