The Somalia-born are a relatively new community in Australia. Small numbers of Somali students arrived in Australia during the 1980s.
The majority of Somalia-born arrived in Australia from 1992 onwards, mostly as refugees as a result of civil war in Somalia during most of the 1990s. Since 2000, they have also been arriving as family migrants.
The 2016 census recorded 16,169 people of Somalian ancestry, with 7,668 people born in Somalia. Victoria had the largest number with 3,904 followed by Western Australia (1,334), Queensland (1,271) and New South Wales (824).
Have you ever wanted to pull on your national jumper and represent your country?
Playing Footy 9s gives you an opportunity to do just that! It’s a fun and exciting new sport, with both full contact (tackling) and non-contact (no tackling) options to choose from.
If you are of Somalian descent and keen to represent Somalia, please join the Team Somalia Facebook group.