Iranian Culture

Iranians in Australia

Prior to the establishment of the Islamic Republic, the Iranian population in Australia was very small and mostly consisted of oil service workers. At the spark of the revolution (1979) and the Iran-Iraq War (1980), Australia opened up an assisted humanitarian program. This was particularly targeted to protect religious minorities (such as Bahá’ís or Jews) from religious persecution. Many elites and professionals also left Iran during this time as well as around the political and economic hardship in the late ’80s and early ’90s. When this conflict concluded, migration decreased but remained steady throughout the 1990s and 2000s. The biggest influx of Iranian arrived recently between 2007 and 2011. 

 

Lately, the Iranians immigrating to Australia have mostly been intellectuals who criticise the Islamic Republic for suppressing free thought, other political opponents of the government, members of ethnic minorities, and some young men who deserted from the military or sought to avoid conscription. Many have also immigrated under the Skilled and Family Reunion Streams to be with their families in Australia.

 

Most Iranian-born residents in Australia speak Persian at home (71%). The Iranian population in Australia continues to be majority non-Muslim (63.2% as of 2011). Another distinctive characteristic of the Iranian population is that the rate of qualifications among Iranians is substantially higher than among the total overseas-born population or Australian population. Approximately 40% of the Iran-born in Australia hold one or more degrees – commonly from Iranian or Western universities.

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Iran
  • Population
    82,801,633
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Persian (official)
    Azeri and other Turkic dialects
    Kurdish
    Gilaki and Mazandarani
    Luri
    Balochi
    Arabic
  • Religions
    Islam (99.4%)
    Shi'a (90-95%)
    Sunni (5-10%)
    Non-Muslim (0.3%)
    Un-declared (0.3%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Persian
    Azeri (Azerbaijani)
    Kurd
    Lur
    Turkmen
    Arab
    Baloch
    Talysh
    Armenians
    Assyrians
    Turkic tribes
    Others
  • Cultural Dimensions
    58
    41
    43
    59
    14
    40
  • Australians with Iranian Ancestry
    62,793 [2016 census]
Iranians in Australia
  • Population
    58,112
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Iran.
  • Average Age
    36
  • Gender
    Males (53.6%)
    Females (46.4%)
  • Religion
    Islam (36.8%)
    No Religion (18.4%)
    Bahá’í (18.2%)
    Other (17.2%)
    Not stated (9.4%)
  • Ancestry
    Iranian (72.6%)
    Other (13.7%)
    Armenian (4.2%)
    Assyrian (4.2%)
    Not stated (5.3%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Persian [excluding Dari] (71.1%)
    English (7.4%)
    Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (4.3%)
    Armenian (3.8%)
    Other (13.5%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 79.1% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (44.9%)
    Victoria (21.6%)
    Western Australia (10.8%)
    Queensland (10.3%)
  • Arrival
    Prior to 2001 (46.1%)
    2001-2006 (17.2%)
    2007-2011 (30.1%)
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