About one third of us are born overseas

QUEENSLAND is home to people who speak more than 220 languages, come from more than 220 countries and hold more than 100 religious beliefs.

The state's multicultural diversity, through the number of Queensland residents born overseas, has increased 27% since 2006.

Brisbane topped the list as the most diverse local government area, by immigrant number, at 295,201, followed by Gold Coast (138,036), Logan (72,611), Moreton Bay (71,710) and Sunshine Coast (60,780).

The main countries-of-origin for Queenslanders born overseas were New Zealand, England, South Africa, India, the Philippines, China, Scotland, Germany, Vietnam and the USA.

The information is contained in the latest Diversity Figures edition, which provides a statistical snapshot of the Queensland population's distribution and composition.

Multicultural Affairs Minister Glen Elmes said the figures helped inform the government about where new arrivals were settling throughout the state and help identify high diversity areas.

He said the information would help the government with policies and programs.

"With around one third of Queensland's population either born overseas or having at least one parent born overseas, diversity touches every part of our state no matter where we live," he said.

"The state's magnificent cultural and ethnic diversity will be celebrated on Australia Day with citizenship ceremonies around the state welcoming new citizens."

The data also showed people born in New Zealand represented a much higher proportion of the Queensland population (4.4%) than for the rest of Australia (1.7%).

Most diverse local government areas, by immigrant number, were Brisbane (295,201), Gold Coast (138,036), Logan (72,611), Moreton Bay (71,710) and Sunshine Coast (60,780).

The main countries-of-origin for Queenslanders born overseas were: New Zealand, England, South Africa, India, the Philippines, China, Scotland, Germany, Vietnam and the USA.

People born in New Zealand represented a much higher proportion of the Qld population (4.4%) than for the rest of Australia (1.7%).

Of all New Zealand-born Australian residents, 39.7% lived in Qld.

Of the 888,636 Queenslanders born overseas, 40% have arrived since 2000.

Almost 10% of Queenslanders spoke a language other than English at home, with the most common Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese. This compares with Mandarin, Italian and Arabic for the rest of Australia.

Diversity Figures are available on the Multicultural Affairs Queensland website.



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