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At the 2011 ABS Census, 33.6% of the City of Whittlesea’s population was born overseas and 30% came from countries where English was not their first language. The areas within the City of Whittlesea with the highest percentages of overseas born include: Thomastown (50.1%), Lalor (47.4%), Epping North (42%), Bundoora (38.5%) and Mill Park (31.8%) 25. In 2011, the highest ranking countries for overseas birthplace include: Italy (4%), Macedonia (3.7%), India (3.4%) and Greece (2.6%). Between the 2006 and 2011 Census, the number of people born overseas in the City of Whittlesea increased by 11,266 or 27.7%, and the number of people from non-English speaking background increased by 9,903 or 36.9%. The largest changes in nonEnglish speaking countries of birthplace of the population in the City of Whittlesea, between 2006 and 2011 were of those born in: India (+3,509 persons), China (+1,154 persons) and Sri Lanka (+685 persons).26 Of those who indicated they were born overseas from the 2014 ER survey 34.5% were born in Iran, 15.4% in Sri Lanka and 14.5% were born in Iraq. Table 4: Main Overseas Birthplaces Main Overseas Birthplaces No. Proportion of Survey Respondents City of Whittlesea Iran 38 34.5% 0.2% Sri Lanka 17 15.4% 1.2% Iraq 16 14.5% 0.9% Egypt 3 2.7% 0.6% Greece 3 2.7% 2.6% Lebanon 3 2.7% 1.0% Macedonia 3 2.7% 3.7% Vietnam 3 2.7% 1.7% Italy 2 1.8% 4.0% Pakistan 2 1.8% 0.2% Syria 2 1.8% 0.2% The majority of respondents to the 2014 ER survey were long-term Australian residents. Of those who were born overseas, over 33% had arrived in Australia in 2008 or prior. However, an equal proportion of respondents born overseas arrived in Australia far more recently in in 2013 (33.3%) and in 2012 (22.5%). In the local population, the most significant number of recent arrivals live in Epping North (28.9%), Mernda-Doreen (27.2%) and Bundoora (23.6%)27. 25 City of Whittlesea (2015), Profile.id, City of Whittlesea Community Profile, www.profile.id.com.au/whittlesea Ibid. 27 City of Whittlesea (2015), atlas.id, Social Atlas, City of Whittlesea, www.atlas.id.com.au/whittlesea 26 21