South Sudanese Australians

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South Sudanese Australians
Total population
3,487 (by birth, 2011 Census)
4,825 (by ancestry, 2011 Census)
Regions with significant populations
Victoria 1,118
Queensland 715
New South Wales 561
Western Australia 489

South Sudanese Australians are people of South Sudanese ancestry or birth who live in Australia. Following South Sudan's independence in July 2011, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) included the country amongst the country of birth and ancestry options in the 2011 Census that took place in August.[1] This census recorded 3,487 people born in South Sudan in Australia. However, the ABS note that "South Sudan-born were previously included in the Census count of the Sudan-born, and this is highly likely with a large number in the 2011 Census". Of the 3,487, the largest number were living in the state of Victoria (1,118), followed by Queensland (715), then New South Wales (561) and Western Australia (489). A total of 4,825 people indicated that they were of partial or full South Sudanese ancestry.[2]

Notable South Sudanese Australians

See also


  1. ^ "South Sudan recognised on the Australian Census". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Community Information Summary: South Sudan-born" (PDF). Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  3. ^ Lost Boy Found, by Margaret Simons, SBS
  4. ^ Sudanese community seeks practical help to keep young engaged in education SMH
  5. ^ Building trust and giving hope, SMH

External links

  • Sudanese Stories - An oral history project recording the migration journeys and settlement experiences of southern Sudanese refugees now living in Blacktown, Western Sydney.
  • Australian Migration ABS migration statistics
  • Sudanese Community Profile - Australian Department of Immigration
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