Argentine Australians

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Argentine Australians
Total population
9,879 (by ancestry, 2011 Census)[1]
11,985 (by birth, 2011 Census).
Regions with significant populations
 New South Wales 5,737[2]
 Victoria 3,640[2]
 Queensland 1,223[2]
 Western Australia 620[2]
Australian English · Rioplatense Spanish · Italian
Predominately Roman Catholic · Protestant · Jewish
Related ethnic groups
Italians · Spaniards · Germans · Irish · Welsh · English • Slavs · Ashkenazi Jews · South Americans

Argentine Australians are Australian citizens of Argentine descent or birth. According to the 2011 Census there were 9,879 Australians who claimed full or partial Argentine ancestry and 11,985 Argentina-born citizens who were residing in Australia at the moment of the census.

Argentines are the fifth largest Latin American group in Australia after Chileans, Salvadorans, Colombians and Brazilians.


According to the Australian census 11,985 Australians were born in Argentina[3] while 9,875 claimed Argentine ancestry, either alone or with another ancestry.[4]

History and cultural background

Immigration from Argentina to Australia dates back to 1891, when the colonial census conducted that year recorded 25 Argentines living in Australia, indicating an old constant presence in the country. The Argentine community remained small and there wasn't much immigration from the South American country until many years later. In 1947, there were 249 Argentina-born people residing in Australia and by 1971 the number had increased to 1,805.[2]

Argentine immigration since the 1970s reflected Argentina's economic difficulties and political instability. Between January 1974 and mid-1985, 6,572 Argentines immigrated to Australia and most are assisted immigrants rather than political refugees.[5] Over 80% of Argentine immigrants to Australia between 1974 and 1982 received Australian Government assistance to immigrate.[5]

Most Argentine Australians live in Sydney and Melbourne.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "The People of Australia – Statistics from the 2011 Census" (PDF). Australian Government.
  2. ^ a b c d e Australian Government - Department of Immigration and Border Protection. "Argentine Australians". Archived from the original on 18 November 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
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  4. ^ "20680-Ancestry (full classification list) by Sex - Australia" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 Census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-06-02. Total responses: 25,451,383 for total count of persons: 19,855,288.
  5. ^ a b Lukas, Isabel (2001). "Argentinians". In Jupp, James. The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and Their Origins. Cambridge University Press. pp. 170–172. ISBN 978-0-521-80789-0.
  6. ^ "20680-Ancestry (full classification list) by Sex - Fairfield (C) (Local Government Area)" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 Census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-12-02. Total responses: 204,180.


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