The State of New South Wales Remained the Most Popular Destination for Migrants in 2009-10
New South Wales, Australia (News4us.com) January 21, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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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