The Role of Immigration in the growth of religions In Australia. Religious Expression in Australia: 1945 - Present. In The Beginning…. Australia has been almost wholly Christian up until the 1970s . Because of this, Australian culture has deep Christian roots.
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Religious Expression in Australia: 1945 - Present
1945 - 1960 – European Christians
1990 – Present – East European Christians
1970s – Middle Eastern Muslims
1980s – Balkan Christians
1970s – S.E. Asian Christians
1980s – Philippine Christians
1990 - Present – North African and Middle Eastern Muslims
1990 - Present – Indian Hindus
1980s – S.E. Asian Buddhists
1990 - Present – Asian Buddhists
1980s – Middle Eastern Muslims
The religious landscape is becoming more diverse – non-Christian groups are increasing exponentially whilst Christian groups steadily decline.
Relative to the steady population growth, Christianity is on the decline, making way for the growth of minorities.
Recent immigrants are predominantly non-Christian – migration is beginning to appeal more to Eastern countries.
Note: Each of these religions have grown substantially – this is a relative comparison.