Not only in VET colleges and universities, trains, trams, and buses, the Nepalese population in Australia now noticeable every public space. It’s not uncommon to hear loud Nepali music in some Australian suburbs as well as long and lively phone conversation in train carriages almost in each commute. Yes, the Nepalese population in Australia has been growing, now an official figure confirms it.
Australian Migration figures last year confirm Nepalese as the fourth largest group settled in Australia. In 2018-2019 11,925 Nepalese settled in Australia, making Nepal as the fourth most significant source country for migrants. This Nepalese number is higher than the British migrated to Australia during the same period. 11,557 British migrants settled themselves in Australia last program year according to the Department of Home Affairs’ permanent and provisional visa figures.
53,587 Indians, 36,712Chinese, and 13,533 Philippines arrivals were recorded in the settlement data during the migration program year 2018-2019. India, China, and the Philippines are the top three migrant population sources for Australia.
For Australia, Nepal is the third-largest country for international student sources. Nepalese-students contributed 2.6 billion dollars into the global education export industry in the financial year 2018-2019. That was a billion-dollar increase than the previous year 2017-2018. As per the Australian Government Department of Education data, there were about 50,000 Nepali students enrolled in various courses in October 2019. In the financial year 2018-2019, Australian immigration granted 31,799 student visas for students from Nepal to study in Australia.
Now almost one hundred thousand Australian populations are Nepal born. The majority of them settled in major cities Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide. The number of Nepali living in Australia was 1410 in 1996.