Venezuelan Australians

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Venezuelan Australians
Total population
2,206 (by ancestry, 2011)[1]
Regions with significant populations
 New South Wales1,191[2]
 Western Australia450[2]
Australian English · Venezuelan Spanish · Arabic · Italian
Predominately Roman Catholic · Protestant
Related ethnic groups
Italians · Spaniards · South Americans

Venezuelan Australians refers to Australian citizens of Venezuelan descent or birth. According to the 2011 Census there were 3,404 Venezuelan-born citizens who were residing in Australia at the moment of the census. There are an estimated 10,000 Australians of Venezuelan ancestry according to a study of Ivan De La Vega from Simón Bolívar University.[3]

Almost 76% of Venezuelan Australians are concentrated in Eastern Australia.

History and cultural background[edit]

Small numbers of Venezuela-born have migrated to Australia since the 1960s, but the majority, about 72.9% of the population, arrived in Australia after 2001 as a part of the brain drain of the Bolivarian diaspora. Most came as skilled migrants, because of uncertainty of economic conditions in Venezuela.[2]


According to the 2011 census, 42.1% of Venezuelans reported to have Venezuelan ancestry, 13.9% Venezuelans reported to have Spanish Venezuelan ancestry, 8.1% of Venezuelans reported to have Italo-Venezuelan ancestry, 3.4% of Venezuelans reported to have English Venezuelan ancestry and 32.4% of Venezuelans reported to have other ancestries.

Education and professions[edit]

83.7% of Venezuelan Australians over 15 years of age had a form of higher non-school qualifications. 57.6% had an occupation that was either being a skilled managerl, professional or in trade.[2]


The main language spoken at home by Venezuela-born people is Spanish in a 77.7% followed by English with 13.8%. With a difference to others Latin American Australian diasporas that speaks mainly Romance languages and English languages, an important percent of Venezuelan-born people main language spoken at home is Arabic in 2.6%. The remaining 6% speak others language at home (2% of them speak Italian).[2]


Most Venezuelan Australians are Catholics (73%), irreligious (12.5%), Protestants (2.5%) and others (10.6%).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The People of Australia – Statistics from the 2011 Census" (PDF). Australian Government.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.