The Malays in Australia are those whose home countries are Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. They came to their adopted country with different purposes, and from different social backgrounds. The different social group live in in different communities, and members of each group tend to be drawn to those with the same social background as themselves. From this aspect, national differences in terms of their countries of origin are not important.
Migrant Malays in other parts of the world may have the same aspirations as those in Australia in being loyal to their adopted country, not forgetting their heritage which is rooted in their homeland. But what makes this study of Malay migration to Australia interesting is the picture of different patterns of migration from the Malay world to mainland Australia and the Indian Ocean Territories. Such patterns are not found in Malay migration to other parts of the world.