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Ancestry - Afghan
Proficiency in English

In the New South Wales, 2,232 people with Afghan ancestry reported difficulty speaking English.

Proficiency in English measures the self-assessed proficiency in spoken English of people who speak a language other than English at home. Typically, populations which migrated many years ago may have better English proficiency than recent migrants, and migrants from places where English is widely spoken may have higher proficiency levels as well. The degree of English proficiency may also indicate that people in some ancestral groups may communicate solely or partly in languages other than English within their community.

The data, when viewed with other ethnic and cultural indicators, such as Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion, helps service providers determine whether they need to communicate with certain ancestral groups in languages other than English.

Derived from the Census questions:

  • 'How well does the person speak English?'
  • 'What is the person's ancestry?'(multi-response)

  • Total NSW population
  • Population with Afghan ancestry
Proficiency in English
Ancestry - Afghan20112006Change
English proficiencyNumberAfghan %% of total NSW populationNumberAfghan %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
Speaks English only7397.572.54755.674.0+264
Speaks another language, and English well or very well6,77568.418.65,54865.616.4+1,227
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all2,23222.53.92,15325.53.7+79
Not stated1611.65.02753.35.9-114

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Proficiency in English, 2011
Proficiency in English, 2011 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Total New South Wales population: 3.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Total New South Wales population: 18.6% Speaks English only, Total New South Wales population: 72.5% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Ancestry - Afghan: 22.5% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Ancestry - Afghan: 68.4% Speaks English only, Ancestry - Afghan: 7.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in Proficiency in English, 2006 to 2011
Change in Proficiency in English, 2006 to 2011 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, New South Wales: +79 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, New South Wales: +1,227 Speaks English only, New South Wales: +264
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the proficiency in English data of the Afghan ancestry population compared to New South Wales total population shows that in 2011 there was a lower proportion of people who spoke English only, and a higher proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the NSW Afghan ancestry population between 2006 and 2011 were in those that:

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+1,227 persons)
  • Speaks English only (+264 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+79 persons)