Assyrians in Australia

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Assyrian Australian
Total population
24,504[1] - 60,000 [2]
Regions with significant populations
New South Wales Victoria
Languages
Neo-Aramaic, English, Arabic
Religion
Mainly Chaldean Catholic Church
Church of the East

Assyrians in Australia live mainly in the state of New South Wales, with a significant community also in Melbourne. According to the 2012 census, there are 62,584 Assyrians in Australia mostly members of the Church of the East.[3] The community is mainly based around its churches and social clubs.

Assyrians in the Sydney Metropolitan Area, New South Wales[edit]

The largest conglomeration of Assyrians in Australia reside in Sydney. These are based largely in and around the city of Fairfield in the western suburbs. Assyrians are generally to be found also in large numbers from Campbelltown and Liverpool in the city's southwest, towards Merrylands in the city of Holroyd, Parramatta, Mt. Druitt in the city of Blacktown, and Penrith in the northwest, with more Assyrian families choosing to spread north. This area of settlement extends eastwards as far as Villawood, Bass Hill and Chester Hill in the city of Bankstown.

A large Assyrian population reside in Melbourne. The community are based largely around Melbournes Northern Suburbs, Such as Broadmeadows, Roxburgh park, Campbellfield, Meadow heights & Craigieburn.


A number of Assyrians are also settled in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, around areas such as Mascot, Botany, Hillsdale and especially East Lakes.

2012 census: 25,541 who spoke Syriac [52]

12,595 in New South Wales
8,177 in Victoria (Australia)
15,000 originally from Iraq and 5,000 originally from Iran and Syria.
2009 Census: 24,950
9,000 followers of the Assyrian Church of the East
3,000 followers of the Syriac Orthodox Church
45.9% Catholic, 49.0 Orthodox[53] 74.3% Catholic, 24.0% Orthodox 2010 Census: 33,505 Assyrians (Different Churches)
Language; Syriac spoken by 24,900
Religious sects
Assyrian Church of the East: 14,000 Syriac Orthodox Church: 5,000 Ancient Church of the East: 2,000

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