Between 1 July 2015 and 31 December 2017 there were 14,096 people who resettled in NSW on humanitarian visas who were born in Syria or Iraq. 1

According to the 2016 Census there are a total of  9,294 people born in Syria living in NSW. This is an 80% increase in the number of people born in Syria from the previous Census in 2011. In 2016 there were 40,276 people living in NSW born in Iraq. 2

These populations are expected to rise further over the next few years with 22,406 visas have been granted, between November 2015 – 21 March 2017, to people displaced by conflict in Syria and Iraq. 3




The main languages spoken by people born in Syria and Iraq are Arabic and Assyrian neo Aramaic, with fewer people speaking Kurdish and Chaldean Neo-Aramaic.


More about Syrian Conflict communities in NSW




  1. Collins, J et al: Syrian-Conflict Refugee Settlement in Australia. Public Seminar on Responses to Syrian-Conflict Refugee Settlement in Australia, Germany, Sweden, Finland, UK, Canada and New Zealand, 12-14 March 2018
  2. Multicultural NSW. Community Profiles, Birthplace Profiles. Syrian and Iraqi
  3. Kennedy, L. Settlement Services for Humanitarian Entrants With a Focus on Syrian and Iraqi People. Australian Government, Department of Social Services.

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