Ancestry - Afghan
Ancestry at a glance: Afghan
- In 2011 there were 9,906 people in New South Wales with Afghan ancestry.
- There was a 17.2% increase in the number of people with Afghan ancestry since 2006 (from 8,450).
- 15.8% of the population with Afghan ancestry arrived between 2006 and August 2011.
- There were more men with Afghan ancestry (5,077) than women (4,831).
- 35.9% of the population with Afghan ancestry were children (under 19 years of age), 42.6% were young adults (aged 20 to 44 years), and 21.3% were older adults (aged 45 years and over).
About ancestry: Afghan
There have been three main waves of Afghani intake to Australia, the first being in 1859 when Afghans arrived to participate in the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition. The second significant wave occurred in the early 1980s as a result of the civil war in Afghanistan and included educated professionals settling in Sydney and Melbourne. The mid 1990s saw the third wave of Afghani immigration as Afghans fled from the Taliban regime.
Afghans became one of the first non-English speaking communities to settle in Broken Hill in New South Wales (NSW). The first mosque in NSW was built in 1891 at Broken Hill by Afghan camel drivers
Source: Excerpts from Jupp, J. (Ed.) the Australian People. (2001) Cambridge University Press
|Ancestry - Top 10 NSW LGAs ranked by size|
|Ancestry - Afghan||2011||2006||Change|
|Area||Number||Afghan %||Number||Afghan %||2006 to 2011|
|The Hills Shire||589||0.35||404||0.25||+185||5|
|New South Wales||9,906||0.14||8,450||0.13||+1,456||40|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.