Australian immigration levels scaled record heights in 2018. 832, 560 long-term and permanent immigrants decided to call Australia as their home. This marked an increase of 7.1% in comparison with the previous year in 2017.
The net annual immigration rate in Australia stood at 291, 250 and was the highest in the last 4.5 years. This is after taking in to account the statistics of individuals who left Australia for good.
The large majority of the newly arrived immigrants settled in Melbourne and Sydney that are already overcrowded. The new figures have been announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This is just 3 months after Scott Morrison assured to reduce the rate of Australian immigration.
New population policy has already been announced by the Immigration Minister of Australia David Coleman. Accordingly, Australia Visas for immigrants to regional areas in the nation will be fast-tracked. They will also be able to obtain Australia PR after having resided in regions for a specified number of years.
Fund of $19 million has also been allocated for processing the Regional Australia Visas for immigrant workers.
Scott Morrison took over as the Prime Minister of Australia in August 2018. Before that, as the Treasurer he had stressed the crucial role of population growth in the economic success of the nation.
Australia has not witnessed recession after 1991, as quoted by the Daily Mail Co UK. The net Australian immigration rate was around 70,000 in the last 10 years of the 20th century.
The net Australian immigration rate crossed 100,000 when John Howard was the Liberal Prime Minister. It crossed the 200,000 levels under Julia Gillard of the Labour Party in 2012.
The population of Australia surpassed the 25 million mark in August 2018. This was 22 years in advance than projected in the first inter-generational report of the Federal Government in 2002.
The permanent immigration intake of 832, 560 in 2018 dwarfed the 539, 000 intake of 2016-17 prior to long-term departures being factored in.
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