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Comparing Migrant Stock: The Five Largest Foreign-Born
Groups in Australia, Canada, and the United States
Canada, and the United States are all considered "traditional
countries of immigration." All three countries also categorize their immigrants
by place of birth, providing an opportunity to compare some aspects of their
foreign-born populations. These graphs provide a window on the origins of immigrants
in each of these countries to help explain the immigration patterns that give
rise to unique immigrant populations.
- Approximately one in every four migrants in Australia is from the
United Kingdom, while one in every 11 migrants is from New Zealand.
Combined, these two groups alone account for one-third of all migrants
- The five largest foreign-born groups in Australia, including those
from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Italy, Vietnam, and China,
account for 46 percent of the total immigrant population.
- The immigrant populations of both Australia and the United States
are dominated by a single foreign-born group.
- China is the only country to appear in the five largest source
countries of Australia, Canada, and the United States.
- Approximately one in every nine immigrants in Canada is from the
- The five largest foreign-born groups in Canada, including those
from the United Kingdom, China, India, Italy, and the United States,
account for 33 percent of the total immigrant population.
- While immigrants from the United Kingdom represent the largest
foreign-born group in Canada, unlike Australia and the United States,
the immigrant population of Canada is not dominated by a single group.
- In addition to China, Italy is one of the five largest source countries
for both Canada and Australia, while India is one of the five largest
source countries for both Canada and the United States.
- Approximately one in every three immigrants in the United States
is from Mexico.
- The five largest foreign-born groups in the United States, including
those from Mexico, the Philippines, India, China, and Vietnam, account
for 44 percent of the total immigrant population.
- The immigrant population of the United States, like that of Australia,
is dominated by a single foreign-born group.
- In addition to China, Vietnam is one of the five largest source
countries for both the United States and Australia, while India is
one of the five largest source countries for both the United States
Stock: The Five Largest Foreign-Born Groups in Australia, Canada,
and the United States
*Excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan
United States: 2001
1) The total population of Australia in 2001 was 18,972,350;
for Canada in 2001, it was 30,007,094; and for the United
States in 2000, it was 281,421,906.
2) For Canada, the number of foreign born for the total and
each region category was rounded to end in either 0 or 5. Hence,
the sum of all regions will not equal the value given for the
total foreign-born population.
Census of Australia, 2001; Census of Canada, 2001; US Census
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