India has emerged as the top origin nation for Australia PR migrants in 2017 with 38, 900 Indians becoming Permanent Residents of Australia in 2017. In the last 20 years, India along with China has emerged as the largest source nation for Australia PR migrants.
Top ten nations of origin for Australia PR migrants – 2017:
India – 38, 900
China (PRC) – 28, 300
UK – 17, 000
Philippines – 12, 200
Pakistan – 6, 600
Vietnam – 5, 500
South Africa – 4, 600
Nepal – 4, 300
Malaysia – 4, 000
Ireland – 3, 900
India, China, and the UK are the three nations that offer the majority of the immigrants to Australia. From 1996 onwards, the Australia PR immigration has moved in favor of skilled migrants from family class immigration, as quoted by the Guardian. It is because the successive governments in Australia are making efforts to align immigration with the demands of the labor market.
Provisional immigration to Australia has enhanced steeply in the last 20 years. This was chiefly through 2 major pathways – Student Visas and Subclass 457 visas. The percentage of overseas students in Australia has increased by more than 3 times since 1996 reaching 340,000 + per year from 113, 000.
In the 2016 Report, the Australia Productivity Commission had contended that the social and economic life of the nation is being defined by immigration. It has been projected based on the current figures that the Australian population would reach 40 million by 2050.
Jock Collins Professor at the University of Technology Sydney has analyzed the migration trends in Australia for last 40 years. He said that it is beyond doubt that Australia is a nation of immigration. More than 28% of the Australian population is overseas born, he added.
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