Migration to Australia 202021 June 2020 by News Desk
Migration to Australia has slowed in 2020, the result of COVID-19 lockdown measures.
But ongoing migration means that 30 per cent of Australia’s resident population were born overseas with the majority coming from Britain
More than 7.5 million people living in Australia in 2019 were born overseas, with those born in England continuing to be the largest group, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
“People born in England continued to be the largest group of overseas-born residents, accounting for 986,000 people,” said Jenny Dobak ABS Director of Migration Statistics.
“However, this has dropped from just over one million people recorded between 2012 and 2016.
“People born in Sri Lanka represented the tenth largest group of overseas-born residents, accounting for 140,000 people, and replacing Scotland in the top 10.”
In the year to 30 June 2019, 538,000 people arrived to live in Australia, while 298,000 people left Australia to live overseas.
Of those migrant arrivals, 64 per cent were temporary visa holders including 32 per cent who were international students.
There were 30,000 New Zealand citizens who moved to Australia to live however, in the same year, 22,000 New Zealanders left Australia to live overseas.
In addition, in 2018-19 there were 75,000 Australian citizens who returned to Australia after living overseas but in the same year there were nearly 87,000 who decided to emigrate.
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