Chinese outnumber Brits arriving in Australia for first time

by Ray Clancy on August 11, 2011

in Australia Immigration

More Chinese tourists entering Oz

For the first time in its 223 year history, Australia has accepted more Chinese than British immigrants as the nation strengthens ties to the world’s fastest growing major economy.

Some 29,547 migrants from China, 17.5% of the total migration programme, arrived in Australia in the year to June 30, compared with 23,931 from the UK and 21,768 from India.

Unveiling the new figures, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said, that overall the migration programme has reached its target with 168,685 places against a planning level of 168,700. He added that the 2010/11 skill stream outcome of 113,725 places accounted for 67.4% of the total Migration Programme.

‘Skilled migrants deliver significant benefits to the Australian economy as their employment contributes to economic growth and their relative youth offsets some of the impacts of the aging labor force,’ Bowen said.

He also mentioned that the migration programme is helping to boost skilled migration in regional Australia which has now reached record levels with more than double the number of places and ongoing skilled migration reforms were ensuring critical skills needs in high demand sectors and regional areas were being addressed.

‘The government is supporting our growing economy and meeting family reunion objectives, while ensuring we meet the skill shortages in areas of high demand,’ Bowen explained.

He pointed out that in 2011/12 the government is going even further with 16,000 places for the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, a 60% increase on last year’s levels.

There was also an increase to the top priority employer sponsored programme to 39% of the skill stream, part of the government’s policy to directly target skills shortages through a more demand driven approach.

Bowen added that the government’s new skilled migrant selection register, SkillSelect, would be introduced from 01 July 2012, allowing prospective migrants to express interest in skilled migration before they are invited to lodge a skilled visa application.

‘SkillSelect will ensure that visas are allocated to the best and brightest skilled migrants so that the Migration Programme can better meet the needs of Australian businesses,’ he said.

In 2010/11, the government continued to provide for family reunions with 54,543 family places, 32.3% of the total migration programme, recognizing the benefits to Australians of having parents, partners, careers or children join them to live in Australia permanently.

The surge in arrivals for China is not seen as a surprise as the government has been encouraging both students and skilled workers. Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson said recently that Australia will feel a significant impact from the emergence of India and China, two economies that account for more than a third of the world’s population and are growing rapidly.

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