Colombian Australians

Colombian Australians
Total population
11,318 (by birth, 2011 Census)[1]
10,193 (by ancestry, 2011 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Sydney · Melbourne
Australian English, Spanish, Colombian Spanish
Predominately Roman Catholic. Other branches of Christianity (Protestant, Evangelical, Baptist, etc.)
Related ethnic groups
Spaniards, Mestizos, Afro-Colombians, Mulattos, Colombian people

Colombian Australians are Australian citizens who trace their nationality or heritage from the South American nation of Colombia.

Causes of migration

Economic problems and violence led to an emigration of Colombians to Australia in the 1980s. Colombians are one of the largest South American migrant groups to Australia. Like other South American immigrants and unlike Central American and Caribbean Latino immigrants, Colombians tend to come from urban areas.

Ethnic composition of Colombians in Australia

Ethnically, Colombians are a diverse population including Colombians of Indigenous descent, Afro-Colombians, Colombians of European descent (mainly Spanish ancestry). However, most Colombians are mix of the three ethnicities. In addition, a significant percentage of Colombians of Middle Eastern descent, notably Syrian and Lebanese, also compose Colombian society.

Cultural traditions

The main musical interests are vallenato, salsa and cumbia. The vast majority of Colombians are Roman Catholic; younger Colombians are significantly more secular than the older generation. Colombian food is highly varied. Popular dishes are bandeja paisa, sancocho (stew), empanadas (meat-filled turnovers), pandebono (a type of cheese-bread), and arepa (corncake). Like most immigrants raised in Australia some children will seek Australian sports. Another popular pastime, especially among the older generation, is parqués.

Notable people

See also


  1. 1 2 "The Colombia-born Community". Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Border Protection. 19 November 2013. Archived from the original on 12 February 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
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