Kurds in Australia
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Kurds in Australia
Kurdish Australians
Total population
10,528 (2016)[1]
Kurdish, Australian English, (some knowledge of Turkish, Arabic and Persian)
Majority Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Kurdish Americans, Kurdish British

Kurdish Australians refers to Australians of Kurdish origin or descent. Approximately 10,000 people in Australia claim to be of Kurdish ancestry according to the 2016 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Nearly 6,200 people in Australia claim to be speaking Kurdish at home in the same Census data.


In Australia, Kurdish migrants first arrived in the second half of the 1960s, mainly from Turkey.[2] In the late 1970s, families from Syria and Lebanon were also present in Australia.[2] Since the second half of the 1980s, the majority of Kurds arriving in Australia have been from Iraq and Iran; many of them were accepted under the Humanitarian Programme.[2] However, Kurds from Lebanon, Armenia and Georgia have also migrated to Australia.

Census results

Kurdish ancestry:[1]

State or territory 2001 2006 2011 2016
 New South Wales 2,331 2,680 3,139 4,269
 Victoria 1,212 1,423 1,916 3,269
 Western Australia 341 419 668 958
 South Australia 328 571 722 946
 Queensland 226 302 442 921
 Australian Capital Territory 36 43 60 89
 Tasmania 10 22 15 37
 Northern Territory 7 6 13 21
 Australia 4,491 5,466 6,975 10,528
Kurdish speakers
 Australia 2,839 3,597 4,590 6,202


The majority live in Sydney and Melbourne.[2] In Sydney, they are mainly found in the suburbs of Auburn, Lakemba, Lidcombe, Bankstown, Punchbowl and the surrounds, which are suburbs in the LGA areas of Cumberland Council and City of Canterbury-Bankstown.

Religion among Kurdish Speakers (2016)[3]

  Islam (61.1%)
  No Religion (31.5%)
  Other (7.4%)


  1. ^ a b "Australia : © Australian Bureau of Statistics". Kurdstat.com. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Jupp 2001, 550.
  3. ^ "Census Explorer". Statistics of Australia. Retrieved 2017.

4. SBS Kurdish article

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