Ghanaian Australian

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Ghanaian Australians are Australian citizens and residents of Ghanaian origin and descent. More than 50% of all Ghanaian-born live in Sydney, New South Wales. [1]


The Special Commonwealth African Assistance Plan allowed students from West African countries, including from Ghana, to come to Australia the mid-1960s. More than 70 per cent of these students remained in Australia following military coups in their countries. While small in number, the Ghana-born steadily increased from the mid-1970s following the easing of immigration restrictions. [2] It was noted in 2014 that the Ghanaian student population in Australia (like the Nigerian one) was growing fast to the extent that Australian universities were keen to attract more students from Ghana.[3]


The majority of Ghanaian Australians are skilled and educated, with 70.6% of the Ghana-born aged 15 years and over possessing higher non-school qualifications, compared to 55.9% of the Australian population. [4] The 2011 Census noted there are 3,866 Ghana-born people in Australia, and over 2,300 Ghana-born Australians speak a language indigenous to Africa at home. [5] Some of the over 10,700 Australian-born who speak an African language may also speak a Ghanaian language. [6]

Notable Ghanaian Australians[edit]