Statistics

South Asian Muslim community has been growing rapidly in Sydney over the past 20 years. Earlier a large number of South Asian Muslims, many of them professionals, migrated to Australia in the early 70s and most of them are now approaching retirement age. Many of them have already retired and some have reached critical old age. Few of our elderly are admitted to nursing homes and few are living in their homes but are in need of special care. Many new arrivals have called their old parents to live with them and these elderly are leading quite an isolated life in a foreign land.

The number of elders have increased exponentially over past few years and this trend will continue in coming years.

The table below shows the estimate of elderly population of South Asian Muslims living in New South Wales as per data prepared by Multicultural NSW based on Bureau of Statistics report of 2011. We have prepared the estimates based on two different criteria viz. Ancestry and Language Spoken.

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Ancestry Total Population 45+ Estimated 65+

(20% of 45+)

Estimated Muslims 65+
India 138,687 28,569(20.6%) 5713 571 (10%)
Pakistan 15,583 2353 (15.1%) 470 446 (95%)
Fiji Indian 9,811 2708 (27.6%) 542 216 (40%)
Bangladeshi 15,522 1878 (12.1%) 376 356 (95%)
Afghan 9,906 2109 (21.3%) 422 422 (100%)
Nepalese 16,511 611 (3.7%) 122 12 (10%)
Sri Lankan 19,140 5914 (30.9%) 1182 118 (10%)
Total       2141

 

Language spoken Total Population 45+ Estimated 65+

(20% of 45+)

Estimated Muslims 65+
Urdu 17,741  2874(16.2%) 574  540 (95%)
Punjabi 21,538 3618 (16.8%) 723 217 (30%)
Bengali 21,484   3072 (14.3%) 614 430   (70%)
Gujarati 13,701  1822 (13.3%) 364 109 (30%)
Hindi 52,779 12,983(24.6%) 2597 389 (15%)
Malayalam 5771   975 (16.9%) 195 58 (30%)
Marathi 4374     730 (16.7%) 146 22 (15%)
Nepali 16,142   629 (3.9%) 125 12 (10%)
Pashto   1510   260 (17.2%) 52 52 (100%)
Tamil  21,527  7233 (33.6%) 1446 289 (20%)
Telugu 7113    796 (11.2%) 159 16 (10%)
Burmese 3971  1382 (34.8%) 276 14 (5%)
TOTAL       1859

 

As per the estimates above, approx. 2000 South Asian Muslim elders live in NSW. With the aim of providing care to these elders of the South Asian Muslim Community, SAMAA is engaging in various programmes as detailed in other sections of this website.