Uncertainties about the future of colonial-run Kenya prompted many Kenyan-born settlers of both European and Indian backgrounds to migrate to other countries, including Australia. There are also many Swahili-speaking Kenyans of indigenous African ancestry. The majority of such migrants had no difficulty getting work and settling into the Australian community.
The majority of Kenyan Australians are skilled and educated, with 72.5% of the Kenyan-born aged 15 years and over possessing higher non-school qualifications, compared to 55.9% of the Australian population.
The languages most commonly spoken at home by Kenyan-born Australians are English and Swahili, however Gujurati, Dinka and other languages are not uncommon. Kikuyu is a Kenyan language spoken by over one hundred Australians at home, and Luo is also spoken by about one hundred Australians.
About 5,000 Kenyan-born Australians speak a language indigenous to Africa at home. Some of the over 10,700 Australian-born who speak an African language may also speak a language of Kenya.