Ghanaian Australians

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

Ghanaian Australians are Australian citizens and residents of Ghanaian origin and descent. More than 50% of those who are Ghana-born live in Sydney.[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.[2] 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.[2]


The 2011 Census noted there were 3,866 Ghana-born people in Australia.[3] Akan, Ewe and Ga all have many speakers in Australia. Akan has over 2,100 speakers and Ewe has over 400 speakers.[4] Some of the over 10,700 Australian-born who speak an African language may also speak a Ghanaian language.[3]

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.[5]

African restaurants serving up Ghanaian specialties can be found in Sydney.[6][7]

Ghanaian Australians[edit]


  1. ^ "The People of Australia – Statistics from the 2011 Census" (PDF). Australian Government. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Community Information Summary: Ghana-born" (PDF). Australian Government Department of Immigration & Citizenship. February 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Census Explorer: SBS World News". 21 June 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  4. ^ The people of Australia: statistics from the 2011 census (PDF). Canberra: Department of Immigration and Border Protection. 2014. ISBN 978-1-920996-23-9. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Dodd, Tim (7 July 2014). "Big increase in number of Nigerian students at Australian universities". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Savill, Joanna (19 October 2006). "Taste of Africa". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Best African Restaurants in Sydney". LifeStyle FOOD. Telstra Media. Retrieved 11 May 2016.