Ghanaian Australian

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Ghanaian Australian
Total population
3,521 (by ancestry, 2011)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Mainly in New South Wales
Related ethnic groups
Other African Australians

Ghanaian Australians are Australian citizens and residents of Ghanaian origin and descent. More than 50% of all Ghanaian-born live in Sydney, New South Wales.[2]


The Special Commonwealth African Assistance Plan allowed students from West African countries, including from Ghana, to come to Australia the mid-1960s. More than 70 per cent of these students remained in Australia following military coups in their countries. While small in number, the Ghana-born steadily increased from the mid-1970s following the easing of immigration restrictions.[3] The majority of Ghanaian Australians are skilled and educated, with 70.6% of the Ghana-born aged 15 years and over possessing higher non-school qualifications, compared to 55.9% of the Australian population.[4]


The 2011 Census noted there are 3,866 Ghana-born people in Australia.[5] Akan, Ewe and Ga all have many speakers in Australia. Akan has over 2,100 speakers and Ewe has over 400 speakers.[6] Some of the over 10,700 Australian-born who speak an African language may also speak a Ghanaian language.[7]

It was noted in 2014 that the Ghanaian student population in Australia (like the Nigerian one) was growing fast to the extent that Australian universities were keen to attract more students from Ghana.[8]

African restaurants serving up Ghanaian specialties, can be found in Sydney.[9][10]

Notable Ghanaian Australians[edit]


  1. ^ "The People of Australia – Statistics from the 2011 Census" (PDF). Australian Government. 
  2. ^ "Community Information Summary: Ghana-born" (PDF). Department of Immigration & Citizenship. 
  3. ^ "Community Information Summary: Ghana-born" (PDF). Department of Immigration & Citizenship. 
  4. ^ "Community Information Summary: Ghana-born" (PDF). Department of Immigration & Citizenship. 
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  6. ^ "The People of Australia" (PDF). Western Australian Government. 
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  8. ^ "Big increase in number of Nigerian students at Australian universities". Australian Financial Review. 
  9. ^ "Taste of Africa". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  10. ^ "Best African Restaurants in Sydney". LifeStyle FOOD. Telstra Media.