Serbian Culture

Serbians in Australia

Separate census data about the Serbia-born community in Australia was not captured before 1996 since Serbia was once considered to be a part of the former Yugoslavia. Serbians who have migrated to Australia may have come from Serbia or other countries that were a part of the Yugoslavian Republic. Nonetheless, there have been three main waves of migration to Australia. The first occurred in the post-WWII period, consisting primarily of displaced persons, while the second wave in the 1960s and 1970s largely involved people who were migrating due to an economic crisis in Yugoslavia.


The third wave began during the civil conflict in 1991, whereby many Serbians fled Yugoslavia for various reasons relating to the conflict. Although migration has been in decline since the third wave, the Serbian community in Australia maintains their cultural ties through the support of various Serbian clubs, sporting clubs, associations and attending Serbian churches. Indeed, over three-quarters of the Serbia-born population in Australia speak Serbian as their main language at home (77.7%) and identify as Eastern Christian (75.2%).

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