Sri Lankan Census Data derived from the 2016 census on people of Sri Lankan decent
My personal opinion, is that these figures are suspect, as I feel there are over
300,000 Sri Lankans in Australia.
Data in, is data out, there could be many stating their origins as Dutch, English
etc, as they are want to do.
It speaks of 20,000 Burghers in Australia. In my opinion the figures are well
over 50,000 (I take into account the second and third generations).
What are your views please ??
Friday, 18 June 2021, 6.49pm, AEST
In the 2016 Census, 150,880 people in Australia identified with a Sri Lankan ancestry, the majority, an estimated 105,000 were Sinhalese and an estimated 45,000 were Tamil1.
In addition and not part of the total above, there were also an estimated 20,000 people of Burgher ancestry (part Portuguese, Dutch, German or British).
In the 2016 Census, 98,340 people who identified with a Sri Lankan ancestry were born in Sri Lanka, followed by 41,075 people who were born in Australia, 2,716 who were born in Malaysia, 1,713 who were born in England and 1,160 who were born in Singapore.
In the 2016 Census, 61,348 people who identified with a Sri Lankan ancestry indicated that they spoke Sinhalese at home, followed by 51,100 people who spoke English at home, and 34,147 who spoke Tamil at home.
In the 2016 Census, 54,146 people who identified with a Sri Lankan ancestry indicated their religion as Buddhism, followed by 48,830 as Christianity, and 29,073 as Hinduism. There were 11,325 people who claimed no religion.
Most Christians and Buddhists are Sinhalese, while Hindus are mainly Tamil.
In the 2016 Census, people who identified with a Sri Lankan ancestry mainly resided in:
- Victoria (75,595)
- New South Wales (40,100)
- Queensland (13,515)
- Western Australia (11,171)
- South Australia (5,036)
- Australian Capital Territory (3,924).
1 There were 110,914 people who identified their ancestry as Sri Lankan and this was disaggregated 79:21 to Sinhalese and Tamil based on religion and language.
Prepared using 2016 Census data from ABS TableBuilder, on 3 July 2017. Figures can vary on date prepared as ABS applies random adjustments to avoid the release of confidential data. Tables were run on Sri Lankan Tamil, Sri Lankan, Tamil, nfd and Sinhalese ancestries. Of Tamil, nfd numbers, those born in India (3266) were excluded while smaller numbers born in Malaysia were small enough not to be factored in calculations, while those born in Australia were all included as most of their parents were born in Sri Lanka, and the small numbers whose father (628) or mother (610) were born in India were also included, being small enough not to be factored in calculations.
Ancestry rather than country of birth is a preferable marker of the size of a community or communities as this includes the second and later generations born in Australia.