Salvadoran Australian

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Salvadoran Australian
Total population
9,651 (by birth, 2011 Census)[1]
7,484 (by ancestry, 2011 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Salvadoran Spanish, English
Christianity (mostly Catholic)
Related ethnic groups
Hispanic Australians, Latin American Australians, Spanish Australians, White Hispanics, Mestizos

Salvadoran Australian (Spanish: Salvadoreño-australiano) is an Australian who has Salvadoran ancestry. The entry of Salvadorans in Australia is caused by economic and political problems. The largest immigration happened when people left El Salvador as refugees who turned from Salvadoran Civil War in 1980s and helped by Australian allies in the war. The majority of Salvadorians that live in Australia are of white and mestizo ancestry. The largest percentage of Salvadorans in Australia live in Melbourne[2]- 32% in Melbourne, 21% in Brisbane and 18% reside in Sydney.[3]

Census data records that 25% work in managerial or professional roles. A further 23% work in production, transport and trades; 20% are labourers. Many migrants from El Salvador are skilled workers, but their lack of English has forced them to take unskilled jobs. Over 92% still speak Spanish at home, and the majority are Catholic. Evangelical born again Christians from salvadoran decent and salvadoran origin have icreasing numbers. [4]

Recent estimates put the Salvadorian population as high as 18,755. [5]

Race and ethnicity[edit]

Much of the Salvadoran population that came to Australia are of mixed Native American, African, European ancestry. The Salvadorians of mixed ancestry, can vary differently with Native American background ancestry European, West African, Mayan, Pipil, Lenca. The Indigenous Salvadorans are mostly of Pipil and Lenca ancestries, some are Mayan.

Many of the biracial mixed and White Caucasian Salvadorans and other Central Americans have ancestry from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, France, Ireland, Poland, Jews and other European countries that arrived in all parts of El Salvador during the World War Two as refugees with the help of José Castellanos Contreras.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Government - Department of Immigration and Border Protection. "Salvadoran Australians". Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  2. ^ - From El Salvador to Australia
  3. ^ ABS Census - ethnicity
  4. ^ History of immigration from El Salvador
  5. ^ El Salvador en el Mundo (Spanish)