Most of the Australian Immigrants come from New Zealand


According to the latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, most of the people who move to Australia come from the Oceania and Antarctica, mostly from New Zealand. More than 34,400 long term and permanent migrants came from the Oceania and Antarctica region over the year to June 2013, equating to about 23% of all migrants to Australia over the past year. The Oceania and Antarctica region includes New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Guam, Nauru, Fiji, Cook Islands, Tonga, and Antarctica.

The second-largest number of immigrants came from Southern and Central Asia. Countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Central Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia and Kazakhstan continue to be one of the largest source of Australian visitors. During the last year, more than 28 000 immigrants originated from this region.

During the last decade, Asian immigrants accounted for 10% of all the Australian immigration while now they constitute more than 19%. On the other hand, Movements originating from North-West Europe from countries such as England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden, now account for 10.5% of all movements, down from 15.8% ten years ago.

As for country statistics, New Zealanders continue to be a primary driver of migration into Australia with 28,750 movements recorded over the past year. Chinese migrants are the second most populous at 17,790 followed by India at 17,520, the UK at 12,100, the Philippines at 6,760 and South Africa at 4,750.

Over the past decade, there have been some substantial shifts in the number of migration movements. Flows from Oceania have risen from comprising 17.5% of all movements a decade ago to now comprise just fewer than 23%.

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