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Overseas-born Australians live longer: study

2014-08-21 15:06 Xinhua Web Editor: Qian Ruisha

Overseas-born Australian residents can expect to live longer than those born in Australia, according to a new research released Thursday.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report compares death rates of Australian-born residents to those from the UK and Ireland, other parts of Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.

It found Asian-born Australian residents had the lowest death rate of these groups, 36 percent lower than Australian-born residents.

"Our report shows many factors affect death rates, with particular population groups more disadvantaged than others," AIHW spokesperson Louise York said in a statement.

The death rate among Indigenous Australians was nearly twice that of non-Indigenous Australians.

This was even more pronounced among indigenous people aged 35- 44 years, with a death rate five times as high as their non- indigenous counterparts: 480 deaths per 100,000 indigenous people aged 35-44 compared with 98 deaths per 100,000 non-indigenous people aged 35-44.

"Many of these patterns for 2009-11 were similar to patterns from 10 years earlier, showing that mortality inequalities are long-standing in Australia," York said.

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