04 December 2009

Australia migration numbers hit record high

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that the number of permanent migrants and long-term visa holders arriving in Australia has risen to more than 500,000 a year.

Preliminary figures show that Australia grew by 443,139 in the first 6 months of 2009. While part of that can be attributed to a record number of babies being born (with 300,000 being born in that timeframe), two-thirds of the population growth came from net overseas Australia immigration.

While they are only preliminary figures (which tend to underestimate the actual figures), the Australian Bureau of Statistics currently estimates that 510,564 migrants and long-term Australia visa holders arrived Down Under from January to June 2009.  This stands at 15 per cent more than the previous year.

 However, only  225,217 residents left the country (either as foreign residents returning home or Australians migrating elsewhere), leaving the , net overseas migration total at 285,347; a figure which has trebled in the past 5 years.

On an individual state level, Western Australia had the highest net migration rate, with Victoria standing in second place. Interestingly, the preliminary stats show that net overseas migration into Victoria rose by a staggering 36 per cent in a year, from 20,252 to 78,843.

Every indication is that both the federal and state governments are supporting the boost in Australian immigration, with the number of skilled workers coming to Australia adding not only to the workforce and economic strength, but also its diversity.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australian Visa applications with the Australian Embassy in Australia House, London.  

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