Hinduism Fastest Growing Religion In Australia


AUSTRALIA, June 21, 2012( Australia’s population has topped 21.5 million, according to the 2011 census results, although there has been a further decline in the proportion of people holding Australian citizenship. The initial census results give a glimpse into the changing face of Australia, including its multicultural background. The data shows one in four people were born overseas, and 15 per cent of the population does not hold citizenship. Just under 70 per cent of the population was born in Australia — a further reduction since the previous census.

“Historically, the majority of migration has come from Europe, however, there are increasingly more people born in Asia and other parts of the world now calling Australia home,” 2011 census executive director Andrew Henderson said. “The leading birthplace for those who arrived since 2006 was India (13.1 per cent), closely followed by the United Kingdom (12.1 per cent).”

According to the census, Hinduism is the fastest growing religion, but most people still call themselves Christian, although the figure has dropped from 64 per cent in 2006 to 61 per cent last year. The proportion of people who reported no religious affiliation has increased from 18.7 per cent in the 2006 census to 22.3 per cent last year–outnumbering the Anglicans for the first time.

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