Indian Community in Sydney

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Indian Community in Sydney

Today Indians are one of the most commonly blended faces one can come across in Sydney, known for their hard work and intellectual skills Indians can be seen in almost all everywhere . Indians in Australia has come a far way in shaping the land down under.  Today the entire Indian community in Australia constitutes of 2.13% of the total Australian population,  with about 400,000+  Indian Australians (by birth) 500,000+ (by ancestry) .

The largest Indian Australian concentration is Indian population is found in the state of Victoria, followed by NSW and Queensland respectively.   Victoria with an Indian population of 111,787, New South Wales with 95,387 and Queensland with 30,259

History of Indians in Sydney

A study of DNA has found that Indian people may have come to Australia around 4000 years ago.   According to Australian records, a small group of Indians arrived in Australia in the years 1800-1816, sent as convict labourers by British colonial authorities. During the first 60 years of the 19th century, most of the Indians who arrived in Australia were recruited as labourers by the British Government; they later settled down in Australia.   Australia's early Indian population also found work as hawkers. The 1881 census records 998 people who were born in India but this had grown to over 1700 by 1891. 

Migration from India was curtailed after the Australian Government introduced the Immigration Restriction Act 1901, but following India's independence from Britain in 1947, the number of Anglo-Indians and Indian-born British citizens immigrating to Australia increased. 

India was the fourth major source of permanent migrants to Australia In 2005-2006 after United Kingdom, New Zealand and China. Between 2000–2001 and 2005–2006, the number of migrants from India increased from 4,700 to 12,300. In 2011-12, Indians became the largest source of permanent migration to Australia forming 15.7% of the total migration programme. 

The proportion of Australians who were born overseas has hit its highest point in 120 years, with 28 per cent of Australia's population - 6.6 million people - born overseas, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Indians contribute to about 400,000 people.


 According to the 2011 census, most Indian Australians are Hindus with about 276,000 individuals who profess Hinduism, making it one of the fastest growing religions in Australia. Other religions of Indians living in Australia are Christianity, Atheism, Sikhism, Jainism, Islam, Agnosticism and Others.

Some Other Useful links 

Indian Religions in Sydney

Indian Festivals in Sydney 

Major Indian suburbs in Sydney

Indian Organizations in Sydney

List of Indian Print Media in Sydney 

Indian Ethnic media (Radio & TV) Programms in Sydney

Last modification: Sat 26 Dec 2015

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