June 1, 2018 Migrants settling in the leading cities in Australia are helping keep the population growth afloat, according to a new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The figures show that net overseas migration exceeded the natural increase or net interstate migration in the largest cities in the 12 months leading to June 2017.
“In Melbourne, net overseas migration was the major contributor to population growth, adding 80,000 people in 2016-17, or 64% of total population change”, said the ABS.
“Natural increase contributed 29%, while net internal migration accounted for 7.3% of population growth”, it continued.
Natural increase in the population occurs when the birth rate is higher than the death rate, while net internal migration is the net gain or loss of people relocating within Australia.
Similar statistics were obtained for Adelaide, where almost the entirety of the population increase was down to overseas migrants.
Moreover, in Sydney, immigration was also responsible for the lion’s share of the population increase seen last year, according to the ABS.
“Net overseas migration was also the major contributor to Sydney’s population growth, at 84,700 people”, it said.
This accounts for almost 84% of the total population growth in Sydney. Elsewhere, immigration resulted in a 37% increase in the total population in Brisbane, 55% increase in Perth, and 35% increase in Hobart.
Attracting scores of immigrants is doing wonders for the already rich cultural diversity of Australia, while the growing number of overseas migrants places Australia among the top 10 immigration destinations in the world, according to various lists compiled by the leading global media outlets.
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[Source: eduaid NewsDesk]