The Vietnam War and Australia
Since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 many Vietnamese refugees, migrants and students have come to Australia.
The Culture Tip website reports that “Before the fall of Saigon ended the Vietnam War in 1975, fewer than 2,000 people born in Vietnam lived in Australia. But when the Communist North Vietnamese captured the capital and renamed it Ho Chi Minh City, an estimated 800,000 people were forced to leave their homeland by boat and seek safety in another country between 1975 and 1995, including about 90,000 who were processed in Australia.”
Vietnamese in Australia
The Culture Trip website further reports that based on 2016 census figures:
“That makes Vietnamese the sixth largest overseas-born population in Australia, trailing only England (907,572), New Zealand (518,466), China (509,555), India (455,389), and the Philippines (232,386). In fact, ‘Nguyen’ has been named the 13th most common surname in Australia, and is projected to overtake ‘Smith’ as the country’s most common surname by 2023.”
The Australian Department of Social Services notes that “The 2011 distribution [of Vietnamese in Australia] by state and territory showed New South Wales had the largest number with 71,838 followed by Victoria (68,296), Queensland (16,269) and Western Australia (12,715).”
Source: The Department of Social Services.
Vietnamese in Melbourne
Many Vietnamese now live in Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria, in Australia’s south-east. The Live in Melbourne website reports that:
Vietnam-born people have migrated to Victoria since 2011”…
of Australia’s Vietnamese migrants choose to live in Melbourne”…
“75% have Australian citizenship”.
Source: Live in Melbourne.
Vietnamese Students in Australia
One important and growing bond between Australia and Vietnam is Vietnamese citizens studying in Australia. The Australian embassy in Vietnam reports that “Vietnam is the fourth biggest source country for international students in Australia, according to a recent report by Australian Department of Education and Training.
“As of the end of March 2017, there were 19,708 students from Vietnam studying in Australia, comprising 4.1% of all international students. This was an increase of 8.7% compared with the same time in 2016.”
Source: Australian embassy Vietnam
Vietnamese University Students in Australia
The Australian SBS news service reports that in 2017 there were 12,438 students from Vietnam studying in the higher education sector of Australia, the fifth highest in number of any overseas country.
The Australian embassy in Vietnam also notes that “Australia is a leading provider of scholarships to Vietnam. There are currently over 5,800 Australia Awards alumni from Vietnam who graduated from Australian universities dating back to the 1970s. There are also over 50,000 alumni of Australian education, who make remarkable contributions to Vietnam’s socio-economic development.”
Source: The Australian embassy Vietnam.
Working Holiday Visa for Vietnamese
Vietnamese citizens are eligible to apply for Australia’s Work and Holiday 462 visa. The Australian embassy in Vietnam notes that applicants must “be at least 18 but have not turned 31 years of age at the time an application is lodged”. Also be aware that for Vietnamese there are only 200 working holiday visas granted each year, beginning from July 1 of each year.
Source: The Australian embassy in Vietnam
Read more about the 462 Work and Holiday visa and other eligibility requirements for Vietnamese passport holders. Read more general information about Australia’s two Working Holiday visas.
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