Fewer migrants arriving in Australia, latest population data shows

by Ray Clancy on January 5, 2015

in Australia Immigration

Population growth due to overseas migration slowed in much of Australia in the 12 months to the end of June 2014, according to the most up-to-date figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory all saw the number of overseas migrants fall, with biggest decrease in Western Australia with a drop of almost 20,000 or 40%.

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The biggest decrease was in Western Australia with a drop of almost 20,000, or 40%

Similarly, Queensland saw a fall of nearly 10,000 people or 24% in its growth due to overseas migration, along with the Northern Territory down 2,000 people or 40% and the Australian Capital Territory down 700 people or 25%.

“New South Wales and Victoria continued to experience growth in net overseas migration, adding 6,300 people in NSW and 2,300 people in Victoria.

Although Western Australia continued to have the fastest overall population growth rate at 2.2% in the year to June 2014, it is down by more than one percentage point from the previous year and it is the state’s lowest growth rate in eight years.

The Northern Territory’s growth rate also dropped from 2.8% in June 2013 to just
1% in 2014. This was partly due to a record net interstate migration loss, according to Denise Carlton from the ABS.

Australia’s total population increased by 364,900 people to reach 23.5 million by the end of June 2014, a growth rate of 1.6%, the ABS data also shows.

Natural increase contributed 152,200 people to Australia’s population, made up of 300,900 births, some 3.3% lower than the previous year, and 148,700 deaths, 0.3% lower than the previous year.

Overseas migration contributed 212,700 people to the population, some 9.7% lower than the previous year, and accounted for 58% of Australia’s total population growth.

These figures also reveal how fast the number of people aged 65 years and over are growing. Over the last 20 years, this group has grown by 65%, more than double the rate of increase for the working age population and four times faster than children.

Because of this, Australia’s median age has increased by four years over the last 20 years, from 33.4 years in 1994 to 37.3 years in 2014.

Tasmania remained the oldest state with a median age of 41.6 years, while the Northern Territory is the youngest with a median age of 31.8.

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VivKay January 6, 2015 at 6:26 am

“These (demographic) figures also reveal how fast the number of people aged 65 years and over are growing”. Why is it so surprising that people are ageing? All people age, whether they are Australian-born or migrants. We can’t keep adding young migrants in a fruitless effort to keep our population young! All people age, and older people are being beat up as being economic burdens. Many of today’s ageing population are migrants. We should be more concerned about youth unemployment, and inviting migrants here when our economy is already struggling to keep up with social and welfare demands. The cost of trying to provide infrastructure for growing cities is creating inter-generational debt.


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