A demographic profile of the South Sudanese population

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4 Responses

  1. Ian Bowie says:

    what is the predominant religion amongst those who identifuy as coming from respectively Sudan and South Sudan? Might be of use to your client and of interest to the wider community.

    • Hi Ian,

      Thanks for the question. Religion is collected in the Census, and seems to generate the most discussion when the Census is being conducted. But it seems to be one of the lesser used topics for Local Government. Probably because Local Government aren’t directly involved in providing services based on religion.

      I’ve had a look at the religions for those born in the Sudan region. South Sudanese predominantly have Christian religions, including 32% Anglican and 39% Western Catholic, plus 6% Presbyterian and 6% “Christian, nfd” which means they’ve written “Christian” on the form. For those born in Sudan it’s a little different, with 24% having Islam as their religion. The largest single group is still Western Catholic though, with 26%, and another 11% Anglican. 12% of those from Sudan were in the Coptic Orthodox Church as well (which I understand is predominantly Egyptian). Around 3% of each group identified as having no religion, compared to 30% of Australia total. So while the religions differ, between the two groups, you can say that borh Sudanese and South Sudanese are more likely to identify with a religion than the general population.

  2. Harrison says:

    Hi Glen,

    I have been trying my hand at gathering Australia-wide ABS data about Refugees/people on the Humanitarian visa stream by Occupation further from ‘Health Professional’ of the ‘Industry’ of ‘Healthcare and Social Assistance’… Is there a data set that goes further to look at Refugees that are Registered Nurses? I can’t seem to find.
    I appreciate your assistance 🙂

  3. Rowland Ward says:

    Glenn. Your figures of 24,726 born in Sudan or South Sudan presumably should be increased to get a total population so add a percentage for those of Sudanese/South Sudanese ancestry born in Egypt, Kenya, Uganda etc, (say 1,500 people) and then those born in in Australia as per ancestry tables (maybe 7,000) making over 33,000 in 2016. Does this sound right to you? Of course this assumes the census has collected everyone.
    By the way, my impression is that the stat on Arabic as the language spoken at home is far too high. Many understood it as referring the language which was the official language spoke back home which was then Arabic (now English in the South). The southerners regard it as the language of oppression.

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