Sep 2018 | Melbourne at 5 million and the migrants who helped shape the city

Date: 2 Sep 2018

Source: The Age

Melbourne is a city of migrants. As the population reached 5 million on Saturday, the proportion of those living here who were born overseas was not far off 2 million.

And then there's the children of immigrants. More than a million Melburnians who were born in Australia say one or both of their parents were born overseas. That's over half of the city who are either first or second-generation immigrants.

When Melbourne hit each of its milestones — one million in 1929, two million in 1963, three million in 1988, four million in 2010 and five million this year — different waves of migrants were changing the face of the city. The Age spoke to some of them.