|(70,000+ (by ancestry, 2006)
36,532 (by country of birth, 2011))
|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|
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 and based on the 2006 Census, 31,786 declared that they were of Egyptian ancestry either alone or with another ancestry. Egyptian Australians might also have nominated themselves as being of Coptic ancestry (1,890 total responses in the 2006 Census). 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).
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. Around 2,000 Egyptian Jews left in this period.
However the majority of Egyptian-Australians are Copts, with 19,928 Australian residents declaring membership of the Coptic Orthodox Church at the 2006 Census. It was claimed in the New South Wales Parliament in 2003 that there were 70,000 Copts in New South Wales.
- Ahmed Saad
- Anne Azza Aly
- Taj El-Din Hilaly
- Robert Kabbas
- Naguib Kanawati
- Amir Elsaid
- Akmal Saleh
- Sam Soliman
- Joseph Tawadros
- Bishop Angaelos
- Waleed Aly
- "20680-Ancestry (full classification list) by Sex - Australia" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 Census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-06-02. Total responses: 25,451,383 for total count of persons: 19,855,288.
- "2011 QuickStats Country of Birth(Egypt)". Retrieved 2013-05-22.
- of Birth of Person (full classification list) by Sex&producttype=Census Tables&method=Place of Usual Residence&areacode=0 ABS Census - Country of Birth, 2006
- Museum of Victoria
- The Migration Experience of the Jews of Egypt to Australia 1948 – 1967, Rachel Marlene Barda
- Affiliation (full classification list) by Sex&producttype=Census Tables&method=Place of Usual Residence&areacode=020680-Religious Affiliation (full classification list) by Sex - Australia
- Parliament of New South Wales Hansard, 12 November 2003