Permanent Migrants of Australia and their Origins
India, England and China are the main origins of Australia’s two million permanent migrants, according to new figures. The data, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, also disclosed that more than half of them are purchasing or trying to purchase their own property. The 2016 Australian Census and Migrants Integrated Dataset revealed that around 2.2 million migrants arrived in the country since the turn of the millennium. It also found that about 58% of the migrants were granted a skilled visa, 32% arrived by means of the family stream and only 10% of them were on humanitarian visas. India was the top provider of migrants with skilled visas (19%), followed by England (13%) and China (12%). On the other hand, China was the top country of birth (14%) of migrants arriving in Australia via the family stream, followed by England (8.8%) and India (8.3%). Of the migrants who were granted humanitarian visas, Iraq was the top country of birth (18%), followed by Afghanistan (12%). The figures went on to reveal that about 54% of the permanent migrants, aged 15 and above, were in the process of owning their own home. Family stream migrants were the most likely to own their home outright (14%), while skilled migrants followed closely (8%). The productivity of skilled migrants would result in a visible increase in the economic benefit of both the country and its residents.