10 December 2009
Report highlights need to maintain Australia’s skilled migrant program
A new report released yesterday by the Australian Government had highlighted the need to maintain a targeted skilled migrant program.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s publication Emigration 2008-09 showed 81,018 Australian residents permanently departed Australia during the year, the highest number of departures that any other year on record.
The Australian immigration report found that most of those leaving permanently are young skilled workers, with 45 per cent aged between 25 and 44.
Overall, Australia experienced a net gain of 77,003 people emigrating to Australia (arrivals minus permanent departures) in 2008–09.
The main countries of residence for all permanent departures were New Zealand (17.7 per cent), the United Kingdom (17 per cent), the US (9.3 per cent), Hong Kong (7.3 per cent) and Singapore (6.7 per cent).
The figures reinforce the fact that there is an increasing global demand for young, highly skilled people, and the report recommended Australia maintain a targeted skilled migration program to meet critical skills shortages in areas such as healthcare, engineering and information technology.
Just over half, or 41,249, of the permanent departures were Australian-born and of the 39,769 permanent departures who were born overseas, 69.2 per cent had resided in Australia for five years or more and 13.9 per cent had lived here for less than two years on an Australian Visa.
The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australian Visa applications with the Australian Embassy.