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Australia Settler Arrivals 2009 -2010

Posted in: Migration News by Rob on 02/03/2011


Settler Arrivals 2009-10 is the latest in the annual series of statistical publications that provides information on people arriving in Australia to live permanently. The report is available online at: www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/statistics/index.htm

Queensland
The top five nationalities for migrants settling in Australia are mirrored by those choosing the Smart State as their new home, according to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) Settler Arrivals 2009-10 publication

Victoria
Victoria was the first choice for Chinese and Indian migrants in 2009-10, according to the latest edition of the Department and Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) Settler Arrivals publication.
Victoria remains a popular destination for migrants from around the world with settlers continuing to choose the state to start their new lives.

New South Wales
New South Wales remained the most popular destination for migrants to settle in 2009-10, despite an increasing number of new arrivals choosing to live in other states.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) Settler Arrivals 2009-10 publication shows the number of people settling in the state decreasing from 47 030 in 2008-09 to 42 267 last financial year.
Chinese and Indian were the top two nationalities migrating to NSW in 2009-10, with 7062 Chinese and 4441 Indian migrants settling in the state.

South Australia
The number of migrants permanently settling in South Australia grew substantially last year, increasing from 9695 in 2008-09 to 11 377 in 2009-10 – an increase of 17.3 per cent. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) latest edition of Settler Arrivals also shows that SA remains a popular destination for migrants from the United Kingdom and India, with an increasing number of people from these countries making the move.

Western Australia
The United Kingdom and New Zealand have topped the list of source countries of migrants in Western Australia, according to the latest edition of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Settler Arrivals publication.

Tasmania
There is a steady rise in the number of migrants choosing to settle permanently in Tasmania, according to figures in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) Settler Arrivals 2009-10 report.
A departmental spokesman said the number of migrants settling in Tasmania has slowly climbed in the past five years, from 879 people in 2005-06 to 1250 in 2009-10.
Tasmania was the state of choice for migrants from the United Kingdom and New Zealand. There were 129 settlers from the UK and 111 from New Zealand

Northern Territory
The Northern Territory continues to attract permanent migrants, with the number of people settling in the Top End increasing in the 2009-10 period.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) Settler Arrivals 2009-10 publication shows an increase in the number of migrants choosing the NT, from 1079 in 2008-09 to 1196 in 2009-10.
The NT has been most popular with migrants from the Philippines and the United Kingdom, who were recorded as the top two nationalities choosing to start their new lives in the Top End.

ACT
The Australian Capital Territory maintained high numbers of permanent migrants in 2009-10, with the total number of arrivals choosing Canberra as their home reaching more than 1850 for the second year running.
While the 1869 permanent additions to the nation’s capital in 2009-10 fell short of the record 1942 in 2008-09, the numbers are well above the levels reached over the past 10 years.
The number of migrants settling permanently in the ACT has climbed steadily since the 809 arrivals in 1999-00, showing the ACT remains a popular destination for migrants

National
On the national front, there were 140 610 settler arrivals in Australia in 2009-10, a decrease of 11 per cent from the previous year. “The numbers of settler arrivals are now near the level they were in 2006-07,” a departmental spokesman said.

The figures show that New Zealand and China are now the top two source countries by birth, with India, the United Kingdom and South Africa making up the remaining countries in the top five. A departmental spokesman said the Australian Government was committed to a migration program which was targeted to help grow Australia’s economy and meet critical labour needs.

“The Australian Government has undertaken a series of strategic reforms of the skilled migration program, to make it more responsive to Australia’s labour market demands,” the spokesman said. “These reforms are about selecting the best and brightest people from a large pool of potential migrants.”

The government announced in the 2010-11 Budget a total of 168 700 places for migration, comprising a total skill stream of 113 850 places, a total family stream of 54 550 places and 300 special eligibility places.

“This will increase the proportion of skilled migrants to 67.5 per cent of the migration program to further address Australia’s needs as the economic climate improves while still ensuring places for family migration and reunion,” the spokesman said.

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