Dating websites are hugely popular among Indian-origin young men and women looking for a suitable partner in Australia.
These sites may vary from popular Australian dating portals like au or au which have separate sections for Indian partners to dating sites like au which specifically target Indian-born or Indian-origin Australians.
One consequence of the attacks may be a greater sense of insecurity among Indian students in other cultural settings and a greater desire to stick to people of similar racial and ethnic backgrounds.
There are many shades to Indian dating in Australia since the ethnic Indian population does not comprise of a homogenous block.
According to statistics obtained from 2006 Census of Australia, 147,106 residents declared that they were born in India, out of which 79025 held Australian citizenship.The Australian cities with the largest concentration of Indian or Indian-origin population are Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane while the states with the largest Indian-born residents are New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.The first instances of Indians migrating to Australia go back to the end of nineteenth century when men from Punjab in northern India sailed for the southern continent in search of economic opportunities.To a large extent this demand for private vocational courses is fuelled by a desire to gain permanent residency status in Australia.This has resulted in a significant Indian student population in Australia with the campus turning into a popular hunting ground for dating partners.However after India’s independence from Britain there was an increase in migration from India to Australia by the Anglo-Indians and the Indian-born British citizens.In the last few decades the migrants have mainly comprised of skilled workers looking for better economic opportunities in Australia’s growing economy as well as students enrolling in Australia’s educational institutions.The number of Australian residents who claimed to be of Indian origin was much larger at 243,722.In recent years there has been a huge surge in students from India enrolling in private Australian colleges and in 2009 Prime Minister Rudd declared that there were an additional 90000 Indian students studying in Australia.If you are a regular reader of my blog I’m sure you will be happy to learn that in January – after about 18 months – I finally met a SINGLE smart, handsome Indian power guy (ahhhh the best kind!) who I basically fell head-over-heels coo coo for ‘at first sight’ and we started dating.