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NEW WAVE OF ITALIAN MIGRATION TO AUSTRALIA

Thousands of Italians are trying to escape the economic crisis in their country heading to Australia. The number of Italian migrants is the highest seen in half a century. The previous migration boom was back in 1950-1951 after World War Two. The number of Italian citizens in Australia on a temporary visa increased by 116% […]

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OVER 22,000 IRISH MOVED TO AUSTRALIA IN THE PAST 5 YEARS

According to the last Settlement report of the Australian government, the exact number of Irish people settled down in Australia in the last five years has reached 22,170. Brokedown in figures, this means 4,434 a year, 369 a month and 12 a day, which is a great increase! The number of people classified as skilled […]

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Australia is Top Spot for Irish

More and more young Irish people are jetting off to Canada and New Zealand – but Australia still leads the way as the nation’s favourite immigration destination. Migration Index reveals that Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Donegal and Wexford are the top five “feeder counties” while construction and engineering are the top two industries bringing the Irish […]

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Overseas Migration will Continue to Increase Until 2016

The Immigration Department in Australia expects that the overseas migration will reach about 250,000 by the end of September and will continue to increase by 2016. This forecast takes into account the number of visa grants as well as data from official sources about the Australian and World economic growth. It also counts the immigration […]

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What You Should Know Before Travelling to Australia

Look at these simple tips and be prepared for the mysterious land Down Under! The sun is stronger in Australia. It’s good to be prepared unless you want to burn out badly. The traffic flow is on the left-hand side of the road but vehicles with the drivers’ controls on either the left or the […]

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5,000 Irish got Australian Permanent Resident Visa in 2013

A report of the Australian Immigration shows a serious increase of the skilled migrant visas granted to Irish skilled people. About 5,000 Irish people became permanent residents in Australia in 2013. This includes approx. 1,650 family members accompanying them Down Under. The largest per cent of these people is qualified accountants, engineers, nurses, electricians, carpenters […]

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Why Choose Regional Australia?

If you think of Regional Australia as a remote and isolated place, you are wrong! The face of Regional Australia has been changed now. The sustainability and future of Australia rely on the development of regional areas. Rural Australia is a home for more than a third of Australian populations and generates 2/3 of its […]

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Moving from the UK to Australia – What you need to know

Changing the dreary weather conditions of England with its gale-force wind-swept beaches for the golden beaches of Australia with clear blue water and hot weather can seem like a no-brainer. The outdoors lifestyle and beautiful scenery offered by Australia has meant that the number of people making the move from the UK to Australia has […]

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State Sponsored Visa Granted for Derek in Melbourne!

Who are you? I’m Derek Doyle, this is my wife Catriona Doyle & our little boy Sam Doyle Ages: 35, 36, 2 What do you do? I’m a Manufacturing Engineer Where do you come from and where are you now? We travelled from Galway to Melbourne. Why did you want to live in Australia? We […]

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