South African Australians

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South African Australians
Total population
145,683 (by ancestry, 2011 Census)
200,240 (by birth, 2020)[1]
Regions with significant populations

South African Australians are citizens or residents of Australia who are of South African descent.

According to the 2006 Australian census, 104,128 Australians were born in South Africa.[2] Also in the census, 79,513 residents claimed South African ancestry, either alone or with another ancestry.[3] Immigration from South Africa to Australia, particularly by professionals, accelerated in the 1990s. The large majority of South African immigrants to Australia have been of British Isles descent; only a very small percentage, around 2-3% have been of Afrikaans origin.[citation needed]

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

More than half of the South African Australians arrived following the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994.[4] A behaviour stigmatised by white South Africans who remained in their homeland as "Packing for Perth" ("PFP") was also a humorous dig and reference to supporters of the Progressive Federal Party - a political party formed in 1977 that drew support mainly from liberal English-speaking white people.[5]

The number of permanent settlers arriving in Australia from South Africa since 1991 (monthly)

In 2007-2008, around 4,000 South Africans permanently settled in Australia, a number that is slightly lower than previous years.[6]

The 2011 data showed that Sydney has the largest number of South African-born residents (31,680), followed by Perth (28,700), Melbourne (20,968).[7]

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  1. ^ "Migration, Australia, 2019-20 financial year; Australian Bureau of Statistics". 17 June 2021.
  2. ^ "20680-Country of Birth of Person (full classification list) by Sex - Australia" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 3 June 2008. Total count of persons: 19,855,288.
  3. ^ "20680-Ancestry (full classification list) by Sex - Australia" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2 June 2008. Total responses: 25,451,383 for total count of persons: 19,855,288.
  4. ^ The African migrants who fear a lower standard of living Sydney Morning Herald
  5. ^ Kaplan, David (3 October 2019). "Packing for Perth: Skills flight is a reality, and we must plan for it". The Daily Maverick. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  6. ^ Year Book 2008
  7. ^ "How many South Africans are moving to Australia". BusinessTECH. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  8. ^ Awarau, Aroha (25 January 2019). "Being black felt like a sin, says actor playing Nelson Mandela". Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  9. ^ Kembrey, Melanie (9 August 2018). "Sisonke Msimang interview: 'The dream of freedom was a sort of home for us'". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 17 August 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019.