Covid death rate three times higher among migrants than those born in Australia

by Melissa Davey and Josh Nicholas

17 February 2022

Experts say Australia’s reliance on migrants to undertake essential, insecure work and a failure to engage migrant communities early in pandemic planning is a key reason for this.

The ABS data also supports previous data gathered throughout the pandemic that found deaths are higher in older populations and those with pre-existing conditions. Almost 70% of death certificates in Australia reported pre-existing chronic conditions such as dementia and diabetes, according to the data which analysed 2,639 deaths where people died with or from Covid-19 from the start of the pandemic to 31 January 2022.

The ABS expects to receive further data for this period once it receives information from the jurisdictional registries of deaths.

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