New Australian immigration statistics reveal latest migration trends

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the visitor arrivals and departures to and from Australia show immigration trends up to January, 2014.

In the year to January, 2013, the Australian Bureau of Statistics recorded 769,040 permanent and long-term arrivals into Australia. While this is down from the record 792,500 arrivals set in the year to January 2013, it still shows the attraction of Australia as a migration destination. On the other side of the fence, there were 385,070 permanent and long-term departures from Australia:


So, in terms of net long-term migration to Australia, there were 383,970 net permanent and long-term arrivals into Australia in the year to January 2014 - a 35% increase from the January 2011 low and well over double the long-run average of 152,136:

Interestingly though, while long-term arrivals remain at high levels, permanent migration has slowed somewhat in the past year - permanent arrivals fell by 3% to 150,560 in the year to January, 2013, while permanent departures rose 2% to 91,230, which is close to a record high for departures:

As a result, net permanent arrivals into Australia fell by 10% from the year to January, 2014 compared to the year to January, 2013 - it's also tracking 9% below the long-run average: 

If you're interested in emigrating to Australia, a good place to start would be taking the Australian Visa Bureau Online Skilled Assessment - it gives you an immediate understanding of whether you meet the basic requirements, and also entitles you to a free consultation with one of Visa Bureau's migration consultants.
- Tom Blackett is Marketing Manager for the Australian Visa Bureau.