Australia is a major country of immigration. At the time of the 2011 census, an estimated 27% – or 6.5 million – of the resident population was born overseas. This compares with 20.7% in Canada, 14.3% in the United States of America and 12.4% in the United Kingdom.
This site seeks to augment informed public discussion of immigration and population issues.
The material on the site was compiled by Professor Andrew Markus and is provided to further informed understanding of (1) population change in Australia, as indicated by statistics detailing immigration and population growth and (2) Australian public opinion on immigration and population issues.
The Scanlon Foundation Social Cohesion Research Program was established to enhance understanding of the impact of immigration on social cohesion in Australia and to pursue the Foundation’s mission to support the creation of a more cohesive Australian society.
The Foundation is using the research findings to initiate on-the-ground action programs designed to address factors which affect social cohesion in areas where the potential for tension is most evident. In some cases these involve significant investments over a number of years in Major Projects.
The program is led by Prof. Andrew Markus of Monash University and Mr Bruce Smith of the Scanlon Foundation.
The following are members of the Mapping Australia's Population Editorial Board, with oversight of the development of this site.
Hass Dellal OAM (Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation)
Andrew Markus (Pratt Foundation Research Professor of Jewish Civilisation, Monash University)
Peter McDonald AM (Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. Australian National University)
John Nieuwenhuysen AM (Emeritus Professor, Monash University, formerly Director, Bureau of Immigration, Population and Immigration Research and the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements)
Darren Pennay (Managing Director, Social Research Centre. Adjunct Professor, Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland)
Bruce Smith (Research Consultant, Fellow Australian Market & Social Research Society)