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Q: Latinos in Australia (Specifically Western Australia) ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Latinos in Australia (Specifically Western Australia)
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: s_fernandez-ga
List Price: $27.50
Posted: 02 Mar 2006 19:11 PST
Expires: 01 Apr 2006 19:11 PST
Question ID: 703083
I have an interest in possibly moving to Australia, specificially the
Perth region, and I currently reside in the United States. I have one
concern, though, that has caused me to have mixed feelings about ever
doing something like this. I have Latino heritage, and I would like to
be able to surround myself with other people who are of latin american
(or Spanish) descent. I haven't been able to find much information
about people of Latin or Spanish origen living in Australia, and I
assume the number is low.

Basically, my question is, are latinos totally unheard of in Australia
(specifically Perth), or will I be able to find at least some others
like myself there? I don't need to be totally surrounded by other
latinos, but having at least some around is pretty important to me.

Clarification of Question by s_fernandez-ga on 02 Mar 2006 22:34 PST
By Latinos, I refer to immigrants or descendents from/of
Spanish-speaking Latin American countries in Central and South
America. Immigrants/descendents from/of Spain also count, in terms of
what I'm looking for.
Subject: Re: Latinos in Australia (Specifically Western Australia)
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 03 Mar 2006 02:20 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear s_fernandez-ga,

Latinos form a very small part of the population of Western Australia
and Perth. In 2001 there were 4,400 Central and South America-born
persons in Western Australia (WA).

I have found a very useful 43 page document from the WA Office of
Multi-cultural interests. It is a very detailed report on the
structure of the Latino community in WA. You can download it on this

The office also provides a multicultural directory which gives sources
for advice to migrants on a multitude of topics. You can search the
directory from this page.

Through this directory, the WA Multicultural Communities Gateway (see
link below), and Google searches, these are the only Latino
organisations I could find. You may be able to get further advice and
information from these organisations.

Latin American Cultural Association

Latin American Association

WA Multicultural Communities Gateway

I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is
unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before
rating the answer. I shall respond to the clarification request as
soon as I receive it.
Thank you

Request for Answer Clarification by s_fernandez-ga on 03 Mar 2006 03:52 PST
Thank for you for this information, it's very helpful. My one thing
I'm a bit confused about though is when you said how many Central and
South-Aerican born persons were living in Western Australia. Does this
number also count Australian-born people of Latin American descent, or
just immigrants?

Clarification of Answer by answerfinder-ga on 03 Mar 2006 05:06 PST
The information I supplied comes from the 2001 census in which people
were asked for their country of birth. It does not reveal the
statistics for the second-generation Latinos. However, on page 8 of
the document I referred you to, it does state that some "5,900 Western
Australians identified with a Spanish ancestry, 1200 with a Chilean
ancestry, 1200 with an Argentinian ancestry, 850 with a Salvadorean
ancestry and 350 with a Brazilian ancestry."

You may also be interested on page 18 of the report - the information
on the relatively recent imigration dates of these people.

Otherwise I could find no information on second generation Latinos.

Hope this clarifies the matter.
s_fernandez-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Best answer I could have found. Thanks!

Subject: Re: Latinos in Australia (Specifically Western Australia)
From: pugwashjw65-ga on 03 Mar 2006 04:31 PST
Try writing to the Spanish Club of W.A. Inc. Baker Road, North Lake.
Perth, Western Australia. Phone [08] 9310 3919.
Subject: Re: Latinos in Australia (Specifically Western Australia)
From: jmoncriefj-ga on 31 Mar 2006 13:23 PST
I would not expect in WA anything like the Latino community you know
in the U.S.  I would imagine most of the immigrants there are from
South America rather than Mexico and moved there because of marriage
or high-paying employment.  Just a thought.  I'm not Australian but I
have been there, and Latinos - other than perhaps a few relatively
well-educated Spainards or Chileans - are just not a large prescence
at all.

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