Global report confirms surge in Indians moving to Australia

by Ray Clancy on December 10, 2014

in Australia Immigration

More Indians than any other nationality arrived in Australia in 2012-2013, with a 46.6% rise in the number of people becoming Australian citizens.

The data, from the International Migration Outlook report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, shows that over 40,000 Indians moved to the country.


Over 40,000 Indians moved to Australia in 2012-2013

Overall, about 123,400 people applied to become Australian citizens in 2012/2013, the highest number since 2011/2012, the statistics also show.

Permanent migration under Australia’s Migration and Humanitarian Programmes rose by 7.7% in 2012/2013 with 214, 000 visas issued.

There were 190,000 places under the Migration Programme, 20,000 under the Humanitarian Programme and an additional 4,000 places, as recommended by the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, under the Family Stream.

The Skill Stream accounted for about two thirds of the Migration Programme visas issued, with the remainder issued through the Family Stream except for a small number, 0.4%, granted under the Special Eligibility category.

The report also showed that there were 62,700 people whose temporary visas had expired or had been cancelled were living illegally in Australia.

Overall, some 27.3% of all Australians today are born overseas. That is higher than New Zealand at 24.1%, Canada at 19.8%, the United States at 13%, and the UK at 11.9%. Only Switzerland, with 27.7%, has more immigrants than Australia in relative terms among OECD countries.

The OECD report also concluded that immigration had strong public support in Australia. ‘There is a high level of support in 2012 for all immigration categories in Australia, with the public most favourable towards skilled migrants,’ it said.

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Tina C December 11, 2014 at 6:26 am

Because there is a large population in India.


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