Migration programme for 2011/2012 in on target, data shows

by Ray Clancy on July 23, 2012

in Australia Immigration

Skilled migration accounted for over two thirds of the total migration program

The Australian government has delivered its 2011/12 permanent migration program on target and within two places of its planning level of 185,000, Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Bowen has announced.

Skilled migration accounted for over two thirds of the total migration program, with a 2011/12 skill stream outcome of 125,755 places.

‘While the government’s first priority is always jobs for Australians, skilled migration is essential to support our economy and help overcome the challenges of an ageing population,’ said Bowen.

‘Today’s skill stream is highly targeted towards employer sponsorship, the regions and high value occupations, with over 60% of skilled migration visas going to employer, government and regional sponsored places to help fill critical skills needs,’ he added.

There were 16,471 places delivered under the highest priority Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, with Western Australia accounting for 23.2% of the outcome. The state’s resources boom is currently attracting a lot of foreign workers.

State and territory sponsored visa classes were also delivered in record numbers, with the 22,247 places marking a 37.5% increase on the previous year.

‘For the first time, India was Australia’s largest source of permanent migrants, with a total of 29 018 places or 15.7% of the total migration program,’ Bowen pointed out.

‘China and the United Kingdom were our second and third largest sources of permanent migrants, with 25,509 and 25,274 places respectively,’ he added.

Seven of the top 10 source countries in Australia’s 2011/12 migration program are from Asia: India, China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam.

The family stream had a final outcome of 58,604 places, representing 31.7% of the total migration programme. The family stream allows Australians to unite with their close family and particularly with their partners and children.

The niche Special Eligibility stream delivered an outcome of 639 places.

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