Immigrants Change Australia’s Cultural Identity – Voice of America com News

A census is revealing how immigration from Asia and the boom in mining are reshaping modern Australia.  The census data indicates the country is becoming increasingly multicultural.
 
According to census data compiled last year by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, nearly 22 million people now reside in Australia.  But behind the population statistics lies a portrait of a growing multicultural society influenced by a rise in immigration and the development of new economic centers.

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Migration from India has made Hinduism the fastest growing religion in Australia. While there has been a 40 percent increase in the number of Australians identifying themselves as Islamic in faith, a record number of citizens say they practice no religion at all.   

Australia, a former British penal colony, has seen its population jump by more than 17 million over the past century.  The current population stands at 21.7 million, an 8.3 percent increase from the 2006 census.  

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