Egyptian Australians

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Egyptian Australians
Total population
(70,000+ (by ancestry, 2006)[1]
36,532 (by country of birth, 2011)[2])
Regions with significant populations
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, Newcastle, Brisbane
Spoken: English, Egyptian Arabic
Majority: Christianity (Coptic Orthodox),
Minorities: Islam (Sunni), Bahá'í, Judaism.
Related ethnic groups
Egyptians, Egyptian diaspora, Arab Australians, Egyptian Americans, Egyptian Canadians
People born in Egypt as a percentage of the population in Sydney divided geographically by postal area, as of the 2011 census.

Egyptian Australians are Australian citizens of Egyptian descent. According to the Australian 2011 Census, 36,532 Australian residents declared that they were born in Egypt[2] and based on the 2006 Census, 31,786 declared that they were of Egyptian ancestry either alone or with another ancestry.[1] Egyptian Australians might also have nominated themselves as being of Coptic ancestry (1,890 total responses in the 2006 Census).[1] Additionally, the 2006 Census shows that the majority of Egypt-born Australian residents are located in Sydney (16,238) or Melbourne (11,156), with smaller communities located in Perth (1,407), Adelaide (982) and Brisbane (897).[3]

Immigration from Egypt was significant in the late 1940s and 1950s, with minorities escaping the growing Arab nationalist movement in Egypt which saw the overthrow of the Egyptian monarchy and the subsequent Suez Crisis.[4] Around 2,000 Egyptian Jews left in this period.[5]

However the majority of Egyptian-Australians are Copts, with 19,928 Australian residents declaring membership of the Coptic Orthodox Church at the 2006 Census.[6] It was claimed in the New South Wales Parliament in 2003 that there were 70,000 Copts in New South Wales.[7]

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