Immigration from Egypt to Australia remained relatively low up until the early 20th century. The Egypt-born population significantly increased after World War II, with many seeking to escape the growing Arab nationalist movement in Egypt. Indeed, the Egypt-born population increased from 500 people in 1933 to 8,000 in 1954.1 Many who migrated during this wave secured employment as translators and interpreters for the Australian government due to their multilingual skills.
Today, most of the Egypt-born population in Australia arrived prior to 1976. Most of the Egyptians who have arrived in Australia in recent years are urbanised and well educated, often migrating due to the shortage of skilled employment opportunities in their home country. Indeed, out if the 15,464 Egypt-born who are employed, over half (54.3%) were employed in either a skilled managerial, professional or trade occupation (2011). Moreover, 35% of the Egypt-born population in Australia have a university degree or higher. Some migrants arrive under the family migration scheme.
1Stephanie Ho, Sydney Journal, 2009.