Downtown Jerash, Jordan
Downtown Jerash, Jordan. Source: yeowatzup from Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany (Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Jordanian community is a relatively small and new migrant community in Australia. The 2011 Census recorded 4,621 Jordan born people living in Australia with the majority residing in New South Wales. Only 688 Jordan born people live in Victoria and most have arrived in Australia as skilled migrants with their families.

There has been a steady flow of Jordanian migrants to Australia over the last 20 years, with approximately 40% of Jordan born people having arrived between 2001 and 2011. As with other immigrant communities from Arabic speaking countries, there is diversity in ethnicity, language and religion amongst the Jordan born population.

The main ancestry responses recorded in the 2011 Census for the Jordan born were Jordanian, Arab and Palestinian. The most common languages spoken at home for the Jordan born were Arabic, English and Armenian, and almost 90% recorded speaking English very well and well. The religions observed by Jordanian migrants are Islam, Catholic and Eastern Orthodox.

Despite the small size of the community in Victoria, they have established the Australian Jordanian Association, a community group which provides its members with social support activities and opportunities to celebrate their heritage. You can locate their details through our Directory.

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