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Overseas migration accounts for 60% of population growth in Australia

Australia’s population grew by 1.7% during the year to the end of September 2012 with net overseas migration contributing 60% to the growth, the latest figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show. All states and territories recorded positive population growth, and Western Australia continued to record the fastest growth rate at 3.4% while Tasmania recorded the slowest growth rate at 0.1%. Opulentus Australia‘Western Australia experienced record levels of population growth and the highest annual growth rate since the early 1970s,’ said Bjorn Jarvis, Director of ABS Demography. The state had a high level of net overseas migration of 50,600 people, up 46% and is an attractive location for overseas workers seeking jobs in the resources and energy sectors where there is a high demand for skilled overseas workers. Overall Australia’s population increased by 382,500 to reach 22.8 million, and it is expected that it will reach 23 million early in the next quarter, according to Jarvis. Net overseas migration added 228,000 people to the population, some 32% higher than that for September 2011. This is the highest annual increase in almost five years. Australia is set to capitalise on its status as a preferred destination for visitors and working holiday makers, with record interest from overseas tourists. Increases of up to almost 30 per cent in visa applications were translating into significant benefits to Australia’s economy. Meanwhile, ABS data also shows that foreigners are travelling to Australia in record numbers. Over the past decade, people from China and India more than tripled their visits to Australia breaking all previous records – China went from 190,000 visits in 2002 to 630,000 in 2012, and India from 45,000 to 160,000. Other countries in Australia’s top 10 visitors list include Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong, meaning Asian countries now account for seven of the top 10 source countries for short-term visits to Australia. Quote from AustraliaForum.com: “Australia’s population has increased by 1.6% with Western Australia seeing the biggest growth and Tasmania the lowest, new figures show. The data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics also shows that during the year to the end of June 2012, natural increase and net overseas migration contributed 42% and 58% respectively to total population growth.” At the same time, the opportunities for young people to travel to Australia have been increasing over recent years. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has been working on expanding its work and holiday visa arrangements with various countries. Argentina and Uruguay became the latest countries to sign a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement with Australia, joining some other countries, including Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Turkey and the United States. The work and holiday visa differs from a working holiday visa as it requires applicants to have the support of their government, hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and to speak functional English. Source: http://www.australiaforum.com/information/immigration/overseas-migration-accounts-for-60-of-population-growth-in-australia.html

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