Colombian Australians

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Colombian Australians
Total population
11,318 (by birth, 2011 Census)[1]
10,193 (by ancestry, 2011 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Australian English, Spanish, Colombian Spanish
Predominately Roman Catholic. Other branches of Christianity (Protestant, Evangelical, Baptist, etc.)
Related ethnic groups
Spaniards, Mestizos, Afro-Colombians, Mulattos, Colombian people

Colombian Australians are Australian citizens who trace their nationality or heritage from the South American nation of Colombia.

Causes of migration[edit]

Economic problems and violence led to an emigration of Colombians to Australia in the 1980s. Colombians are one of the largest South American migrant groups to Australia.[citation needed] Like other South American immigrants and unlike Central American and Caribbean Latino immigrants, Colombians tend to come from urban areas.[citation needed]

Ethnic composition of Colombians in Australia[edit]

Ethnically, Colombians are a diverse population including Colombians of Indigenous descent, Afro-Colombians, Colombians of European descent (mainly Spanish ancestry). However, most Colombians are mix of the three ethnicities. In addition, a significant percentage of Colombians of Middle Eastern descent, notably Syrian and Lebanese, also compose Colombian society.

Cultural traditions[edit]

The main musical interests are vallenato, salsa and cumbia, Mi hermano y yo Vallenato y Folclore is a traditional folk band that aims to share and preserve these interests in Australia. The vast majority of Colombians are Roman Catholic; younger Colombians are significantly more secular than the older generation. Colombian food is highly varied. Popular dishes are bandeja paisa, sancocho (stew), empanadas (meat-filled turnovers), pandebono (a type of cheese-bread), and arepa (corncake). Like most immigrants raised in Australia some children will seek Australian sports. Another popular pastime, especially among the older generation, is [[parqu�s]].

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Colombia-born Community". Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Border Protection. 19 November 2013. Archived from the original on 12 February 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.