|Regions with significant populations|
| European Union
(United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, France, Portugal, Spain, Poland)
|Greece||100,000 (Greek Australians)|
|Hong Kong||90,000 (mostly Chinese Australians)|
|Italy||30,000 (20,000 Italian Australians)|
|Lebanon||20,000–25,000 (Lebanese Australians)|
|United Arab Emirates||16,000|
|Papua New Guinea||15,000|
The term Australian diaspora refers to the approximately 1,000,000 Australian citizens (approximately 5% of the population) who today live outside Australia. The majority of Australian expats, 48 per cent, are based in Europe and the UK, and 24 per cent of Australians are currently in Asia. The Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement enables Australians and New Zealanders to migrate between Australia and New Zealand.
The term may also be used to refer to the population of Indigenous Australians who have been displaced within Australia - from their traditional homelands by colonisation - or from their families by child removal policies.
History of Australians abroad
A survey in 2002 of Australians who were emigrating found that most were leaving for employment reasons.
For the period 1999-2003 it was estimated that there were 346,000 Australian-born people living in other OECD countries: of these 96,900 lived in the United Kingdom, 65,200 lived in the United States and 42,000 lived in New Zealand.
Origin of the term
The term Australian diaspora was used in reference to Australian citizens living abroad in a 2003 Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) research report, "Australia's Diaspora: Its Size, Nature and Policy Implications". This report both identified the phenomenon and argued for an Australian government policy of maintaining active contact with the diaspora. The term has been picked up by others.
In 2005 Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee (a standing committee) reported into the issue of Expatriate Australians and made recommendations that the "Australian Government needs to make greater efforts to connect with and engage our expatriate community".
The diaspora has been the focus of policy concerns over a so-called "brain drain" from Australia. However the 2003 CEDA report argued the phenomenon was essentially positive: rather than experiencing a "brain drain", Australia was in fact seeing both "brain circulation" as Australians added to their skills and expertise, and a "brain gain", as these skilled expatriates tend to return to Australia and as new skilled immigrants arrive. Between 1999 and 2003, there were seven highly educated migrants to Australia for every one highly educated Australian who was living elsewhere in countries within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Levels of skilled immigration to Australia reflect Government policies to "practise a selective immigration policy based on human capital criteria".
In December 2001, the Department of Foreign Affairs estimated that there were 106,000 Australian citizens resident in the United States of America. The major places of residence were: 25,000 living in Los Angeles, 17,000 in San Francisco, 17,000 in Washington DC and 15,000 in New York. For the period 1999-2003, it was estimated that 22% of Australian expatriates, 65,200, were living in the United States. According to a 2010 estimate, in Los Angeles there are now 40,000 Australians.
Australian migration to the United States is greater than Americans going to Australia. At the 2006 Census 71,718 Australian residents declared that they were American-born, a smaller population than the population estimate of Australians living in the United States.
Comparison with the expatriate populations of other countries
The ratio of expatriate Australians in 2005 was 2.8 Australian-born people aged 15 years or over per 100 Australian born people aged 15 years and over within Australia. This ratio is much lower than many other countries in the OECD - the highest ratios in 2005 were for Ireland (29 Irish-born people aged 15 years and over in other OECD countries for every 100 in Ireland) and for New Zealand (19 per 100). The Australian ratio was higher than that of the United States (less than one person in other OECD countries per 100 USA-born within the USA).
Education levels of Australian expatriates were high: 44% of Australian expatriates in other OECD countries had a high level of education. Japanese expatriates had the highest proportion with 50% having a high level of education. 49% of expatriates from the USA had a high education as did 45% of expatriates from New Zealand.
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