07 October 2008

Mass migration of skilled Australians to NZ, UK

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the numbers of skilled workers leaving Australia permanently has reached a record, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Emigration 2007-2008 report shows that 76,923 people, two thirds of which are aged between 25 and 54, left the country during this period for purposes of emigration.  Almost half these people were in skilled jobs, while another 102,066 people who were in skilled jobs left the country for one year or more.  The figures are up 6.7 per cent on the year before and a 325 per cent increase on 1985-86.

Immigration Minister Senator Chris Evans said these figures are a cause for concern, particularly when the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is working hard to rectify the imminent skills shortage in Australia by creating one of the most advanced skilled migration systems in the world.

"Historically high numbers of our young, highly skilled people are moving overseas to live and work," Senator Evans said.

Senator Evans also said emigration of skilled Australian workers was an inevitable part of the globalisation of the labour market, and that his government are aware of the global demand for skilled workers.

New Zealand received the most skilled Australian emigrants (18.4 per cent), while the 17.8 per cent of Australians chose to migrate to the UK over this period. 

After factoring in the number of people who move to Australia, the net gain of immigration was the tenth highest on record.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people apply for an Australia visa.

Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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