Samoan Australians

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Samoan Australians
Total population
75,755 (by ancestry, 2016)
24,017 (by birth, 2016)
Regions with significant populations
New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria
Australian English, Samoan
Christianity, Polytheism
Related ethnic groups
Other Polynesians

Samoan Australians refers to Australian citizens or residents who are of ethnic Samoan descent or people born in Samoa. Most Samoans in Australia live in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.


After Christian missionaries from Australia began visiting Samoa in 1857, Samoan ministers began traveling to Australia for more training and to find work. However, Samoan and other non-European immigration to Australia was halted due to the White Australia policy in 1901. The next significant wave of Samoans to move to Australia was in the 1970s, where Samoans participated in educational programs sponsored by the Australian Government.[1]


According to the 2006 Australian census, 15,244 Australians were born in Samoa and 193 in American Samoa[2] while 39,992 claimed Samoan ancestry, either alone or with another ancestry.[3] The 2011 Australian census showed an increase in both categories as Australians who claimed Samoan ancestry was 55,843 and Samoa-born residents were 19,092. According to the 2016 Australian census, there are a total of 75,755 Australians with Samoan ancestry. This number includes the 24,017 Australian residents who were born in the Samoan Islands. 41.3 percent of Samoan Australians live in New South Wales, 33.9 percent live in Queensland, 21.1 percent live in Victoria, and just 1.9 percent live in Western Australia.[4] Samoan Australians are the second largest Polynesian group behind Māori Australians.[5]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "History of immigration from Samoa". Museum Victoria. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  2. ^ "20680-Country of Birth of Person (full classification list) by Sex - Australia" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-06-02. Total count of persons: 19,855,288.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Samoans in Australia". Cultural Atlas. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  5. ^ Batley, James. "What does the 2016 census reveal about Pacific Islands communities in Australia?". Development Policy Centre. Retrieved 28 Sep 2017.

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