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50,000 Fijians live in Australia

Ana Madigibuli
Saturday, December 08, 2012

THE last Australian census in 2006 recorded 50,000 Fijians living in Australia.

This was stated by Australian High Commissioner Glen Miles at his residence in Tamavua on Thursday.

Mr Miles said the figure had no doubt increased substantially over the past six years and that the Fijian community was active in all walks of Australian life.

"It is true that Australia's relationship with Fiji remains underpinned by our long standing and substantial bilateral trade and development relationship and our strong historical ties," Mr Miles said.

"Yet, ultimately the relationship is sustained through our strong people to people link.

"Everywhere I go in this country, I meet Fijians with connections to Australia whether it is through business partnerships family connections, through study in Australia or tourism or even something as simple and widespread as supporting the Wallabies."

Mr Miles said those links were important and generated goodwill that made it easier for the Australian High Commission to do its work.

He said what Australian volunteers were doing in the country was a testament of the strong relationship that the people have built.


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