The ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) data revealed that 28.5 percent of Australia’s total population, which is around 6.9 million, was born outside of it at the end of June 2016, pushed by high immigration levels, particularly from China and India.
A decade ago, foreign-born Australians made up 24.6 percent of its population at five million.
The Business Insider quotes the ABS as saying that the last decade saw the number of Australians being born abroad relentlessly increase, as the numbers of those born in China and India doubled during this period. On the other hand, the number of Australians born in Europe has been falling steadily.
But those born in the United Kingdom comprise the largest group of foreign-born Aussies as they constitute five percent of the total Australian population in June 2016 end.
While New Zealand-born residents comprise 2.5 percent of its population, people born in China, Indian, Vietnam and the Philippines make up 2.2 percent, 1.9 percent and one percent each, respectively, for the remaining of the overseas-born Australians. As of 30 June 2016, Australia saw 482,665 people arriving in one year. It also included nationals of Australia returning to the country. Of these numbers, 56.5 percent of the arrivals came on a temporary visa and 19.5 percent entered the country on a permanent visa. Besides, 15.4 percent were Australian nationals returning to their home country. If all the figures are taken into consideration, total overseas-born arrivals were marginally fewer than 400,000.
Meanwhile, the number of people leaving Australia over the same period was 293,391, which included Australian citizens. Therefore, the net migration from abroad was 182,200 between June 2015 and June 2016, an increase of three percent when compared to the year prior to it.
Importantly, most of the arrivals, unsurprisingly, headed to New South Wales and Victoria, the most populous state of Australia.
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