21 January 2011

NSW the most popular destination for those emigrating to Australia

New South Wales remains the most popular choice for new arrivals to Australia, a new survey shows.

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The majority of migrants to Australia are choosing New South Wales as their destination.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship's (DIAC) Settler Arrival survey found that 140,610 people emigrated to Australia in the 2009-2010 financial year.

New South Wales was still the most attractive destination, with about 30 per cent of all new Australia Immigration arrivals choosing to live in the state.

The next most popular state was Victoria which attracted 26 per cent of new migrants, followed by Queensland at 18 per cent. Western Australia attracted around 15 per cent of arrivals.

Most migrants to New South Wales were educated professionals hailing from China and India, with settler arrivals from those countries at 17 and 11 per cent respectively.

The UK was the largest source of migrants to Western Australia for the 2010 financial year, making up 19.5 per cent of the total settler arrivals. New Zealand at 11.9 per cent and South Africa at 11.5 per cent, were the next largest source countries.

The Settler Arrival survey sources its data from passenger arrival and departure cards filled in by new arrivals.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australia Visa application with Australian Embassy

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