Korean Australians

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Korean Australians
한국계 호주인
Total population
98,776 (by birth, 2016)[1]
123,017 (by ancestry)[2]
180,004 (according to Korean Foreign Minsitry, 2017)[3]
Regions with significant populations
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
Australian English, Korean
Christianity (chiefly Protestantism);
Buddhism and non-religious minorities
Related ethnic groups
Korean diaspora
People with Korean ancestry as a percentage of the population in Sydney divided geographically by postal area, as of the 2011 census

Korean Australians are Australian citizens who trace their Korean ancestry and identify themselves as an immigrant to or a descendant born in Australia.


At the 2016 census, 123,017 persons resident in Australia identified themselves as being of Korean ancestry.[4] 98,776 persons resident in Australia had been born in South Korea. At the 2006 census, 59 persons residing in Australia had been born in North Korea.[5]

According to the 2006 census, only 38% declared holding Australian citizenship,[6] 68% had arrived in Australia in 1990 or later, and 63% reside in New South Wales. Few ethnic groups are as concentrated in one state as Koreans are in New South Wales, where 33% of Australia's population live.[7]

At the 2006 Census, 37,426 (71%) Korean-born Australian residents declared they were Christian, 3,500 (6.6%) Buddhist and 9,562 (18%) had no religious affiliation.[6] Disgruntled former members of Korean Christian churches sometimes join the handful of Korean Buddhist temples in the Sydney area.[8]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/communityprofile/036?opendocument
  2. ^ http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/communityprofile/036?opendocument
  3. ^ 재외동포현황(2017)/Total number of overseas Koreans (2017). South Korea: Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 2017. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  4. ^ http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/communityprofile/036?opendocument
  5. ^ "Country of Birth of Person (full classification list) by Sex – Australia, 2006 Census" (XLS). Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2 June 2008. Total count of persons: 19,855,288.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b "2006 Census Ethnic Media Package" (XLS). Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 June 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  7. ^ "3101.0 – Australian Demographic Statistics, Dec 2006 (rebased on 2006 Census results)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2008. Estimated resident population, preliminary – 30 June 2006 in '000s were: NSW 6 817.2; Vic 5 128.3; Qld 4 091.5; SA 1 568.2; WA 2 059.0; Tas 489.9; NT 210.7; ACT 334.2; Australia 20 701.5
  8. ^ Han, Gil-Soo; Han, Joy J. (2010). "Koreans". dictionaryofsydney.org. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  9. ^ Benns, Matthew (6 February 2005). "Man who shot at Prince Charles becomes barrister". The Age. Fairfax Press. Retrieved 24 November 2008.
  10. ^ http://dfat.gov.au/about-us/our-people/homs/Pages/ambassador-to-korea-republic-of.aspx
  11. ^ https://www.parliament.act.gov.au/members/ninth-assembly-members/kurrajong/lee-elizabeth

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