The State of Victoria has been enriched by
the presence of people from all over the world.
At the 2016 census 28.4 percent of Victoria’s population were born overseas and 49.1 percent of Victorians were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas. Victorians come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and dialects and follow 135 religious faiths.
Geelong is a multicultural city, home and a welcoming place to people from many countries. 16.2 percent of our total population of 245,751 were born overseas.
Migration and migrants have been key to the development of the region.
Today, we have new arrivals from various countries like Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, South Sudan, Congo and Myanmar.
International students from countries like India and China are an important part of our rich multicultural fabric.
Our municipality has a range of social, economic and cultural initiatives to support connection, participation, innovation and creativity for people, groups and networks to encourage meaningful engagement in our local civic life.
Diversitat also known as the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council, provides a range of multicultural services and is the main provider of settlement support to the new arrivals to Geelong.