Become a Citizen of Australia

On Tuesday August 7, 2018, Australia’s population hit 25 million. Following are some interesting facts about Australian immigration and citizenship. Regarding recent plans by the Australian government to make it harder to become a citizen, now may be a good time to submit your citizenship application.

In 2016, Australia had 2.2 million permanent migrants who had arrived between the years of 2000 and 2016. The top three birth countries of these migrants were India, England and China, in descending order. 

In 2016 also, 26.3 per cent of people living in Australia were born overseas, with 18 per cent coming from non-English speaking backgrounds. Australia’s migrant intake (number of visas granted) in 2018, however, is expected to drop to 165,000, from a projected 190,000. According to the Department of Home Affairs, “More than 5 million people have become citizens since Australian citizenship was introduced in 1949.” 

The Department also posted the following table, which shows the number of people who were conferred as Australian citizens in 2016-17, according to their former nationality.

“More than 5 million people have become citizens since Australian citizenship was introduced in 1949.”



In 2016 also, 26.3 per cent of people living in Australia were born overseas, with 18 per cent coming from non-English speaking backgrounds. Australia’s migrant intake (number of visas granted) in 2018, however, is expected to drop to 165,000, from a projected 190,000. According to the Department of Home Affairs, “More than 5 million people have become citizens since Australian citizenship was introduced in 1949.” 

In 2016, Australia had 2.2 million permanent migrants who had arrived between the years of 2000 and 2016. The top three birth countries of these migrants were India, England and China, in descending order.