- Pakistan hosts the largest refugee population within its territory in the world – roughly 1.6 million. Most of these people have fled the turmoil in neighbouring Afghanistan. Consider that some people who grew up in Pakistan may share this refugee experience.
- It is considered rude to give a direct “no” in Pakistan (see ‘Refusals’ in Communication). Therefore, Pakistanis can sometimes commit to more than they can deliver. Understand that someone may agree to complete favours out of without actually having the means to fulfil their gesture. Be mindful that they may not be able to complete a job they promised on time.
- Friday is a holy day for Muslims. Out of observance of this, there is often a break in the afternoon when commercial activities will close down. Friday is still a working day, but expect people to take longer lunch hours.
- During the holy month of Ramadan, most Pakistanis will abstain from consuming food, water and smoking cigarettes during daylight hours. In Pakistan, it is considered disrespectful to engage in these activities publicly or in front of any fasting Pakistanis in their own household.
- Amongst older, conservative Pakistanis, there is little acceptance of homosexuality.
- Pakistanis are generally very affectionate towards children. It is deemed appropriate to pick up or play with a stranger's child upon first meeting them. Parents are usually at ease with this.
- Pakistanis love cricket. It is usually a good point of commonality between them and Australians.
- Pakistanis use the Persian alphabet.
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LanguagesPunjabi (48.0%)Sindhi (12.0%)Saraiki (10.0%)Pashto/Pashtu (8.0%)Urdu [official] (8.0%)Balochi (3.0%)Hindko (2.0%)Brahui (1.0%)English [official], Burushaski, Shina and other 8%[2010 est.]
ReligionsIslam (96.28%)Christianity (1.59%)Hinduism (1.60%)Ahmadiyya (0.22%)Other (0.32%)[2010 est.]
EthnicitiesPunjabi (44.68%)Pakhtun/Pathan (15.42%)Sindhi (14.10%)Seraiki (8.38%)Muhajir (7.57%)Balochi (3.57%)Other (6.28%)[2010 est.]
Power Distance 55 Individualism 14 Masculinity 50 Uncertainty Avoidance 70 Long Term Orientation 50 Indulgence 0 What's this?
Australians with Pakistani Ancestry64,344 [2016 census]
Pakistanis in Australia
Population61,913[Census, 2016]This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Pakistan.
Average Age31 [Census, 2011]
GenderMale (60.9%)Female (39.1%)[Census, 2016]
ReligionIslam (87.6%)Catholic Christianity (4.7%)No Religion (1.7%)Other (4.1%)Not stated (1.9%)[Census, 2011]
AncestryPakistani (65.2%)Indian (7.5%)Southern Asian nfd. (3.6%)English (3.5%)Other (20.1%)[Census, 2011]
Language Spoken at HomeUrdu (72.5%)English (10.2%)Pashto/Pashtu (4.7%)Dari (2.5%)Other (10.2%)Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 89.5% speak English fluently.[Census, 2011]
DiasporaNew South Wales (44.3%)Victoria (30.4%)Western Australia (8.3%)Queensland (7.8%)Other (9.2%)[Census, 2011]
ArrivalPrior to 1996 (9.6%)1996 - 2005 (32%)2006 - 2015 (66.6%)2016 (5.8%)Not stated (2.6%)Note: Arrivals up until 9 August 2016.[Census, 2016]
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