Nepalese in Australia are growing – there is no doubt about that. Earlier, in 2019, Nepal made similar headlines when reports said ‘Nepal was the third highest country to send students to Australia’. Official stats said 65,746 students enrolled in tertiary studies in Australia between Oct, 2018 to Oct, 2019.
The Nepali Diaspora in Australia is making headlines again – after new figures showed that a greater number of individuals from Nepal settled in Australia than from the United Kingdom. In 2018/2019, 11,925 Nepali migrants settled here with Australia’s Nepal born population topping 95,000 compared with only 1410 in 1996.
Australian Migration figures from last year confirm Nepalese as the fourth largest group settled in Australia. Almost all of them migrate here for the purpose of education with student visa in their hand but gradually, with time, they become a part of the dynamic multicultural Australian society.
Last year, in 2018/2019 program year, 11557 British migrants settled in Australia. British migrants, who once were the main migrant population source for Australia is now being left behind by Asian countries. 53,587 Indians, 36,712 Chinese, and 13,533 Philippines were recorded in the data of program year 2018/2019.
A majority of Nepali origin people are based in major metropolitan cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Brisbane. Nepal’s regional population is also on the rise, for example, in Tasmania, the Nepali community is one of the largest migrant communities.