Regions of Italy immigrants came from

 

Region

Number in 1976

Rank in 1976

Rank in 1920-1939 (migrants leaving Italy for Australia)

Sicily

55,180

1

2

Calabria

47,400

2

3

Veneto

31,120

3

1

Friuli Venezia Giulia

27,570

4

11

Abruzzi

24,630

5

8

Campania

22,420

6

9

Puglie

10,360

7

6

Piemonte

7,740

8

5

Liguria

5,875

9

15

Basilicata

5,030

10

12

Trentino Alto-Adige

4,833

11

10

Lombardia

4,735

12

4

Molise

4,050

13

** (with Abruzzo)

Lazio

4,050

14

17

Toscana

3,905

15

7

Sardegna

3,820

16

16

Marche

3,590

17

13

Emilia - Romagna

1,955

18

14

Umbria

1,695

19

18

Val D’Aosta

170

20

* (with Piemonte)

Born in Other Countries

Unclassified

37,697

 

 

Total

307,825

 

 

 

The mix of migrants varies according to the state they settled in. The following groups predominate in the following states:

 

Victoria: Sicilians and Calabrians

 

New South Wales: Calabrians and Sicilians

 

South Australia: Campanians

 

Western Australia: equally Calabrians and Sicilians.

 

Queensland: Sicilians, then Calabrians and Venetians.

 

Intermarriage rates between Northern and Southern Italian born immigrants were as low as those between Italians and Greeks or Italians and Yugoslavs.

 

Source:Ware, Helen, A Profile of the Italian Community in Australia, Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs and CO.AS.IT, Italian Assistance Association, Melbourne, 1981.pp. 27-28.

 

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