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Migrants Choosing Western Australia to Settle in Topped by The United Kingdom and New Zealand

Perth, Western Australia (News4us.com) January 21, 2011

Migrants Choosing Western Australia to Settle in Topped by The United Kingdom and New Zealand

Migrants Choosing Western Australia to Settle in Topped by The United Kingdom and New Zealand

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.

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 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.

Australia’s migration program is 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.

Settler Arrivals 2009-10 shows a decrease in WA of migrant settlers from 24 463 in 2008-09 to 20 976 in 2009-10.

“The number of WA settlers predicted to rise this year with the improving economic situation and an increased proportion of skilled migrants in the 2010-11 migration program,” a departmental spokesman said.

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


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