Kenyan Australian

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Kenyan Australian
Total population
Kenyan
13,832 (by birth, 2011 Census)[1]
3,786 (by ancestry, 2011 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Western Australia 4,397
Victoria 2,850
New South Wales 2,764
Queensland 2,062
Languages
English · Swahili · Gujarati · Kikuyu · Dinka · Luo · Languages of Kenya
Religion
Christianity · Islam · Hinduism · Irreligion
Related ethnic groups
African Australians

Kenyan Australians are Australian citizens and residents of Kenyan origin and descent. They may be of indigenous African, European, or Indian heritage.[2]

Background[edit]

Uncertainties about the future of colonial-run Kenya prompted many Kenyan-born settlers of both European and Indian backgrounds to migrate to other countries, including Australia. There are also many Swahili-speaking Kenyans of indigenous African ancestry.[2] The majority of such migrants had no difficulty getting work and settling into the Australian community.[2]

The majority of Kenyan Australians are skilled and educated, with 72.5% of the Kenyan-born aged 15 years and over possessing higher non-school qualifications, compared to 55.9% of the Australian population.[2]

Population[edit]

The 2011 Census noted there are 13,832 Kenya-born people in Australia.[2] About one in five Australians who claim Kenyan ancestry live in Sydney.[3]

Languages[edit]

The languages most commonly spoken at home by Kenyan-born Australians are English and Swahili, however Gujurati, Dinka and other languages are not uncommon.[2] Kikuyu is a Kenyan language spoken by over one hundred Australians at home, and Luo is also spoken by about one hundred Australians.[4]

About 5,000 Kenyan-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 language of Kenya.[5]

The 74 languages the Special Broadcasting Service broadcasts in includes Swahili and Dinka, both languages spoken by many Kenyan-born Australians.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Government - Department of Immigration and Border Protection. "Kenyan Australians". Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Community Information Summary: Kenya-born". Department of Immigration & Citizenship. 
  3. ^ 2006 Census
  4. ^ "The People of Australia". Western Australian Government. 
  5. ^ a b http://www.sbs.com.au/censusexplorer/
  6. ^ http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2012/12/01/sbs-unveils-new-radio-schedule