/ 02 November 2023

Where do we come from?

Image: Vyacheslav Argenberg via Wikimedia Commons
Image: Vyacheslav Argenberg via Wikimedia Commons

A shout out to our Nepalese mates – they’re the fastest-growing group of overseas-born Aussies and have almost caught up with Italians who call Australia home. According to new Bureau of Stats data, Nepalese residents have surged from 30,000 10 years ago to over 150,000 in 2022. England is still our biggest source of migrants (961,000), then India (754,000), China (597,000) and Kiwiland (586,000). West Oz has the highest proportion of residents born overseas at 34%, while Tassie’s got the least at 16%. And rounding out the picture of what makes an Aussie – new official health stats also look at some of our bad habits. Smoking is still the leading cause of cancer, and cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug. Alcohol consumption has remained pretty stable for the last 30 years – with wine the top tipple of choice over beer.

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