Skilled Migration, Vital to Australia's Economy
data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Oct 7, for the month of
August, reveals that long-term migration into Australia is growing. On the
other hand, net permanent migration has been falling over the past year. Whereas,
Australia received 680,200 permanent and long-term arrivals, more than half of
this figure, is offset by the 371,440 permanent and long-term departures from the
above, means that the country received a net number of 308,760 permanent and
long-term arrivals in the year till August 2013. According to research blog Macrobusiness,
this figure representing a 55 per cent increase from the January 2011 and more
than double in terms of long-run average.
by Macrobusiness shows that in the year till August 2013, permanent arrivals
fell by 4 per cent to 152,710; whereas permanent departures rose 5 per cent to
their highest ever level of 92,790.
the recent statistics only show a rise in long-term immigration and does not
directly reveal the extent of permanent migration, Macrobusiness quotes the Department
of Immigration that around 30 per cent of people who arrive in Australia on temporary
457 visas eventually end up becoming permanent residents in the country.
Hence, as the research
blog says, the actual permanent immigration figures continue to remain
It is a trend, which is also
recognised in a report by the Australian Parliament, released in December 2012.
The reports says: “While
fluctuations in the numbers of permanent migrants are significant, one of the
greatest changes in immigration patterns to Australia in the last decade has
been the growth of long-term temporary migration. Although temporary migrants
are not counted under the Migration Program for permanent migrants, temporary
migration is increasingly becoming the first step towards permanent settlement
in Australia for many people.”
fact is revealed in a quote of the then Minister for Immigration and
Citizenship, included in the Parliament report mentioned above. The quote expressed
the Government’s intention of continuing focus on encouraging economic, and
particularly skilled, migration to Australia:
migration is vital to Australia's economy. Without migration Australia's labour
force is expected to contract by 2050. Australia simply won’t have enough
people to keep our economy growing...we need migrants for future growth and
Interestingly, in 2011–12 India
was the largest source country with 29,018 (15.7 per cent) of the total
Migration Program, followed by China with 25,509 and the UK with 25,274.
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