It shows an increase across all ancestry groups, with a large jump in some groups such as those of Greek, Lebanese or Chinese ancestry.
In these groups, first generation inter-partnering rates sit at around 10 per cent, and increase to 30 per cent or more in the second generation and 60 per cent or more by the third generation.
Their sites are really interesting.” "They have quite different filters and parameters that they use to filter people and they might actually have family members who would go on there looking for a suitable spouse, whereas other people in Australia would be doing it themselves, rather than have someone do it for them." , shows higher levels of ethnic intermarriage among those from Anglo-Celtic countries, than among those from the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.whoever." "The bride and the groom, I provide them with each other's contacts and then they talk it out amongst themselves.My interaction stops there, in a way, and both families start talking." Mankodi says the matchmaking approach favoured by Indians is very different to a Western model that tends to focus on the needs of the individual.But even then, there can be a degree of ethnic preference shown."Once you get to second or third generation, people who identify with an overseas ancestry but were born in Australia, they tend to be much more likely to intermarry,” explains Lyndon Walker.Mr Mankodi says Indians are much more likely to meet partners through traditional means, with meetings often arranged by family.But he's also embraced technology as an efficient way of facilitating matches.“For some groups we see asymmetry where they may not be with someone from their own country of origin or their own ancestry but they may have chosen someone who is quite similar.” “So if we're looking at someone from Pakistan or Bangladesh, if they don't have a partner who has come from the same country as themselves, they're more likely to have a partner, for instance someone from Pakistan, if their partner is not also from Pakistan, then they're more likely to be from Bangladesh than from Australia." "Where as someone from New Zealand, if they don't have a New Zealand partner, quite likely to be either Australian, English or South African.And then amongst the countries where you're likely to see high proportion of Muslim people you're likely to see high interactions there." Dipak Mankodi is the founder of Matrimilap, a matchmaking service for the Indian community in Australia.In a multicultural country like Australia, marriage or partnering outside of one's ethnic group is no longer unusual.While it's too early to know how high the inter-ethnic partnering rate will be for the children and grandchildren of recently-arrived migrants, Australian Bureau of Statistics data suggests that by the third generation it's a common occurrence.