Serbian Australians

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Serbian Australians
Аустралијски Срби
Australijski Srbi
Total population
  • 69,544 Australians of Serbian ancestry (2011)[1]
  • 20,267 born in Serbia (2011)[2]
Regions with significant populations
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth
Australian English, Serbian
Predominantly Eastern Orthodoxy (Serbian Church)
Related ethnic groups
European Australians, Serbian New Zealanders

Serbian Australians are citizens of Australia who are of Serbian birth or descent. According to the 2011 census, there are 69,544 people in Australia who are of Serbian ancestry. Large Serbian communities and ethnic neighborhoods can be found in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. There are many Serbian Australians that were born in today's Croatia as well as Bosnia-Herzegovina, due to this they are recorded under those statistics. The Serbian Australians are one of the largest Serb diaspora communities.


Serbs have migrated to Australia in various waves during the 20th century. A wave of immigrants came during and after the World War II, majority of whom were members of royalist Chetniks movement along with their families. Serbs were a large part of the immigrant community between 1948–55 and most of them opposed the communist regime then in place in Yugoslavia. In 1951 the mostly pro-royalist Serbian communities founded a chapter of the Chicago-based Serbian National Defense Council in Sydney.[3] In 1954 there were 6,118 Yugoslav immigrants in Victoria. Worsening economy in Yugoslavia in the 60s and 70s prompted another wave. Many of those who settled in Victoria had worked in Western Europe (i.e. Germany) prior to coming. The 1961–1971 numbers increase to 49,755 people. After the Yugoslav Wars that broke the federal state of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) succeeded as a federal union. Josip Broz Tito's regime of what was then Yugoslavia and the recent wave since 1980 by the breakup of Yugoslavia followed by the Bosnian War of the 1990s.[4]


People with Serbian ancestry as a percentage of the population in Sydney divided geographically by postal area, as of the 2011 census

69,544 (2011) Serbian ancestry [5] 55,114 (0.3%) English and Serbian-speakers (2011 census[5]); 9,857 only Serbian-speakers;[5] the 2006 census recorded 95,362 people of Serbian ancestry.[5] There are many Serbian Australians who were born in Today's Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina who in turn fall under those respected statistics.

Estimations of the total number of ethnic Serbs (including by ancestry) vary between over 100,000,[6] c. 350,000.[7]

Notable Serbian Australians[edit]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fact sheet – Ancestry – Serbian". 2012-08-16. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  3. ^ Stefanovic, D.S. (2002). "Serbs". In James Jupp. The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, its People and their Origins. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 678. ISBN 978-0-521-80789-0. 
  4. ^ "Origins: History of immigration from Serbia – Immigration Museum, Melbourne Australia". Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  5. ^ a b c d "The People of Australia – Statistics from the 2011 Census" (PDF). Department of Immigration and Border Protection. 2014: 59. ISBN 978-1-920996-23-9. Ancestry 
  6. ^ "Manje Srba u Australiji?". Srpska Dijaspora. 2011. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  7. ^ Palić, Svetlana (17 July 2011). "Četiri miliona Srba našlo uhlebljenje u inostranstvu". Blic. Retrieved 2016-01-04. Australiji (130.000) 

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