The largest source country for skilled and family migrants to Australia was India in 2016-17, as it welcomed fewer migrants than in 2015-16.
The total number of permanent skilled and family visas granted in 2016-17 was 183,600, 6,400 fewer than the year prior to it.
Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister, was quoted by sbs.com.au as saying that the figures were in accordance with the strategy of the government of making sure that migration levels were proportionate to genuine workforce needs of Australia.
The number of migrants from India was just over 20 percent, as around 38,854 visas were granted, which is a fall from 40,145 in 2015-16.
While China made up for 15.4 percent of migrants, 9.3 percent of migrants arrived from the United Kingdom.
Southern Asia – India, Bangladesh Sri Lanka and Pakistan and others – now comprise 30 percent of the migrant program, which is slightly less compared with the year prior to it.
The number of Chinese Asian migrants, including those Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mongolia and Macau, increased from 16.9 percent to 17.1 percent.
Skilled migrants were reportedly the recipients of the most number of visas, as a considerable number of them were sponsored by employers. Visas sponsored by employers constituted 39 percent of the skilled migrants’ scheme.
Families sponsoring their close relatives made up for 30 percent of the total number of migrants, with most of them being for partners.
New South Wales received the largest number of migrants (33.5 percent), followed by Victoria (29.5 percent). The proportion of migration arrivals in Queensland and Western Australia were 11.7 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively.
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