It’s all Greek to me, but where’s the influx?

Simone - Myth Buster

Simone has a rich background in human geography, demography and urban planning – a background that was useful in her previous roles in the Commonwealth and State Governments, and now as part of the forecast team at .id. From the Queensland coast to the southern suburbs of Perth, Simone produces population and dwelling forecasts that help local governments make informed decisions about future service and planning needs. She is a regular contributor to .id’s blog and has spoken at several conferences on how our cities and regions are changing. She is a big advocate of evidence-based planning and how Census and other data can inform this. Outside of work Simone is a keen traveller and photographer – interests that tie in well with her professional life and help her to understand “place”.

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5 Responses

  1. Alison says:

    Australia needs more people to help keep and make any manufacturing industry feasible. A countries wealth comes from its manufacturing if we lose all and only prove services we will suffer as a country.

  2. I just ran a report off the Immigration Department settlement arrivals database. The “new wave” of Greek migration peaked in 2012-13 at about 600 people – in the years before and after (since 1991) it’s been about 100-200 per year. So relatively this is a significant spike, and may be repeated once this year’s data is completed but compared to the 100,000 or so Greeks already here it’s fairly small.

  3. CJ says:

    According to leaders in the Greek community in Perth there are 800 people (200 families) from Greece here on work visa with hopes of staying. This is a large influx for Perth.

  4. KARAGEORGE says:

    It appears that these claiming Greek Heritage in Australia is about tops 400,000 and of those born in Greece is about 100,000 ( figures of 600,000 are not correct as it is based on those claiming orthodox religion which covers a number of Balkan counties such as Serbia FYROM Bulgaria and Romania..,,as to the immigrants from Greece since the economic crisis after 2010 I would put he number no higher than 3,000 and most of theses are children of Greeks who migrated back to Greece after 1974( important year for2 reasons one the fall of the Junta and two Whitlams reforms on pension repatriation ) in fact between 1974 to 1994 some 120,000 Greeks from Australia returned to Greece being the main stream of Greek migrants who come to Australa between 1960 and 1970 ( about 350,00 most on assisted passage) I doubt it if there will be an influx of Greek migrants coming to Australia anywhere near tht of the era of 1960/70 ( even if they wanted due to restrictions in the Australian Immigration system)

  5. Thanks for your comment and for the info re the wave of Greek people returning. The premise of this blog was to show that there hasn’t been a huge spike in Greek migration, despite the claims in the ABC news article. We’ve used ABS data as it’s the evidence base. I wrote this a year ago and new data has been released since, putting the Greek born population in 2015 at 118,460. In other words, it’s declined again since 2014.

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