Peruvian Culture

Peruvians in Australia

Peruvians began settling in Australia in the late 1800s, with the 1901 census indicating just under 30 Peruvians in the country at the time. Migration from Peru to Australia remained low until the mid-1980s when the number of emigrants grew significantly. This coincided with political and economic unrest in the country at the time (see Politico-Economic Changes and Internal Conflict in ‘Core Concepts’). Arrivals have continued to rise in the 21st century, with 24.6% of the Peru-born population arriving in Australia between 2007 and 2011.

Migration pathways are generally only available to Peruvians from metropolitan areas who hold higher education qualifications, generally from the middle and upper class. Most arrive on skilled migrant visas or student visas. For example, just under half of the Peru-born are employed in a skilled managerial, professional or trade occupation. Moveover, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2018), there were just over 1,000 Peruvian students in Australia in 2017.

Of the total Peru-born in Australia, 75% identify as Catholic and 84.5% speak Spanish at home. Although Peruvian migration has not been as large as that of other South American communities (such as Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Chile), the Peruvian community still flourishes through various social, cultural and sporting associations as well as broader Latin American community groups.

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  • Population
    [2017 est.]
  • Languages
    Spanish [official] (84.1%)
    Quechua [official] (13.0%)
    Aymara [official] (1.7%)
    Ashaninka (0.3%)
    Other native languages (0.7%)
    Other (0.2%)
    [2007 est.]
  • Religions
    Roman Catholic Christianity (81.3%)
    Evangelical Christianity (12.5%)
    Other (3.3%)
    No Religion (2.9%)
    [2007 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Amerindian (45.0%)
    Mestizo (37.0%)
    White (15.0%)
    Other (3%)
    [2007 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Peruvian Ancestry
    11,139 [2016 census]
Peruvians in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 est.]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Peru
  • Average Age
  • Gender
    Male (43.3%)
    Female (56.7%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (75.1%)
    Christian [nfd] (4.8%)
    Other (10.8%)
    No Religion (7.2%)
    Not stated (2.2%)
  • Ancestry
    Peruvian (56.3%)
    Spanish (19.2%)
    South American [nfd] (4.3%)
    Italian (3.6%)
    Other (16.6%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Spanish (84.5%)
    English (12.9%)
    Italian (0.7%)
    Other (1.3%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 85.6% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (61.2%)
    Victoria (14.4%)
    Queensland (11.2%)
    Western Australia (6.9%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (57.2%)
    2001-2006 (15.2%)
    2007-2011 (24.6%)
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