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Table 2 The past and projected population of Australia aged 65+ by main birthplace category, 1996-2056

From: Past and projected growth of Australia’s older migrant populations

  Estimated   Projected   % change   
Country/region of birth 1996 2016 2036 2056 1996-2016 2016-2036 2036-2056
Australia 1,514,300 2,289,900 3,932,800 5,010,900 51 72 27
New Zealand 19,000 65,500 152,000 200,100 245 132 32
Melanesia 1200 3700 17,000 27,800 220 354 64
Micronesia 100 100 500 1000 67 449 81
Polynesia 2800 14,300 52,200 87,600 420 264 68
UK 252,200 402,700 527,200 509,700 60 31 −3
Ireland 10,500 17,100 20,800 34,700 63 22 67
Western Europe 63,800 125,100 87,700 67,900 96 −30 −23
Northern Europe 4000 9600 11,100 11,800 139 16 6
Southern Europe 91,300 165,300 112,100 71,300 81 −32 −36
South Eastern Europe 58,500 160,700 143,100 93,700 175 −11 −35
Eastern Europe 69,900 54,200 50,800 74,300 −22 −6 46
North Africa 9200 18,100 27,300 42,300 97 51 55
Middle East 11,500 44,200 119,800 217,000 284 171 81
Mainland South East Asia 11,600 38,200 147,400 251,300 229 285 71
Maritime South East Asia 13,100 56,400 164,800 301,500 330 192 83
Chinese Asia 20,300 65,400 223,400 429,600 222 241 92
Japan & the Koreas 2300 9100 29,600 65,700 289 225 122
Southern Asia 16,200 50,400 156,400 520,400 210 210 233
Central Asia 400 2500 16,700 58,900 597 565 253
North America 6,500 18,900 41,500 61,300 191 119 48
South America 3700 19,800 45,700 99,000 437 131 117
Central America 500 2100 8900 18,500 340 319 109
Caribbean 400 1300 3100 4700 215 149 50
Central and West Africa 100 700 8200 28,700 957 1002 252
Southern and East Africa 9100 36,800 121,000 226,300 305 229 87
Overseas born 678,100 1,382,300 2,288,200 3,505,200 104 66 53
Total 2,192,400 3,672,300 6,221,100 8,516,100 68 69 37
  1. Sources: ABS; authors’ projections
  2. Note: All population numbers have been rounded to nearest 100