Indians secured 38, 900 Australia PR in 2017, the highest for any nation in the world and makes India the top origin nation for Permanent Residency migrants in Australia. In the past two decades, India and China have emerged as the top two destinations for immigrants securing PR in Australia.
Top ten nationalities that secured Australia PRs – 2017
Indians – 38, 900
Chinese (PRC) – 28, 300
UK nationals– 17, 000
Philippines citizens – 12, 200
Pakistanis – 6, 600
Vietnamese – 5, 500
South Africans – 4, 600
Nepalese – 4, 300
Malaysians – 4, 000
Ireland nationals– 3, 900
Indians, Chinese, and UK nationals are the 3 nationalities that form the majority of the migrants to Australia. Australia PR migration has tilted in favor of skilled immigrants from family class migrants since 19976 onwards. The reason for this is that consecutive Australian governments are making efforts to match the migration with the needs of the Australian labor market.
Meanwhile, temporary migration to Australia has also increased drastically in the past 2 decades. It has been mainly through the two key Australia immigration routes – Student Visas and 457 Visas, as quoted by the Guardian. The % of international students arriving in Australia has enhanced thrice from 1996 when it was 113, 000 to reach 340, 000 in 2017, as quoted by the Guardian.
The Productivity Commission of Australia in its 2016 report has elaborated that the economic and social fabric of Australia is majorly outlined by migration. Based on the existing figures and projections it has been estimated that the population of Australia would reach Forty million in 2050.
It is beyond all doubts that Australia is a nation of migration said the professor at Sydney University of Technology Jock Collins.
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