Country of birth

In measuring social exclusion we found that immigrants from non–English speaking countries experience more social exclusion than native-born Australians.

In 2015 (the latest data), 25% of these immigrants experienced exclusion compared to 22% of people born in Australia and 18% of immigrants from English-speaking countries.

Deep social exclusion was also more common among immigrants from non–English speaking countries (5.7%) than among people born in Australia (4.5%) or immigrants from English-speaking countries (3.5%).


Since the 2008–09 global financial crisis, social exclusion has been rising for those born in Australia and immigrants from non–English speaking countries. However the rate of social exclusion has fluctuated among immigrants from English speaking countries.

In the graph below, the ‘all social exclusion’ lines show the total of marginal social exclusion and deep social exclusion.

Graph of social exclusion by birthplace, Australia, 2006 to 2015

To copy this graph for your own use, right-click on the image (or control-click on a Mac) and paste the graph into your document. Please credit 'The Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Institute 2017'.

See data table for this graph and note on updated indicators.


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The social exclusion monitor is the work of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (MIAESR). This page was updated using analysis of Wave 15 of the HILDA Survey in December 2017.

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