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Table 3 The demographic drivers of population change for ages 65+ by main birthplace category, 2016-2056

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

  Increasing International Cohort flow Total
Country/region of birth Life expectancy Migration   
Australia 898,800 32,400 1,789,800 2,721,000
New Zealand 32,200 −35,700 138,100 134,600
Melanesia 4800 9800 9500 24,100
Micronesia 200 300 400 900
Polynesia 13,400 29,000 30,900 73,300
UK 95,600 174,000 −162,500 107,100
Ireland 4900 −10,400 23,200 17,600
Western Europe 11,500 −2400 −66,400 −57,300
Northern Europe 2000 −700 1000 2200
Southern Europe 12,900 26,300 −133,200 −94,000
South Eastern Europe 18,400 10,000 −95,400 −67,000
Eastern Europe 10,800 20,100 −10,800 20,100
North Africa 6500 12,500 5300 24,300
Middle East 32,800 57,300 82,600 172,800
Mainland South East Asia 34,900 35,600 142,600 213,100
Maritime South East Asia 41,900 39,100 164,100 245,100
Chinese Asia 47,200 52,000 264,900 364,100
Japan and the Koreas 8700 −23,000 71,000 56,600
Southern Asia 55,400 23,900 390,700 470,000
Central Asia 7800 27,900 20,700 56,400
North America 7900 −8600 43,100 42,300
South America 13,700 26,100 39,400 79,300
Central America 2700 7400 6200 16,400
Caribbean 800 2300 400 3400
Central and West Africa 3800 11,500 12,600 28,000
Southern and East Africa 33,500 74,800 81,200 189,500
Overseas born 504,100 559,300 1,059,500 2,122,900
Total 1,402,900 591,700 2,849,300 4,843,900
  1. Source: authors’ projections
  2. Note: All numbers have been rounded to nearest 100