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How Many Migrants Come to Australia Each Year?

Australia is considered to be one of the world’s most popular ‘immigration nations’ (together with New Zealand, Canada, and the USA). Since 1945, when the first federal immigration portfolio was created, over 7.5 million people have settled in Australia.

Every year, the Australian government allocates places, or quotas, for people wanting to migrate permanently to Australia under Skilled Migration programs or Family/Humanitarian stream.

It must be noted that over the years, migration program planning numbers have fluctuated according to the priorities and economic and political considerations of the government. Currently, the total permanent migration programme outcome for 2016-17 was 183,608 places within the planning level of 190,000 with skilled migrants comprising the majority.

Until recently, the United Kingdom had always been the primary source country for migration to Australia. However, this time the major source country in the migration programme was India (21.2 percent) followed by China (15.4 percent) and the United Kingdom (9.3 percent).

The breakdown was as follows:

  • 123,567 were places for the skilled migration
  • 56,220 were places for the Family/Humanitarian stream
  • 421 were places for Special Eligibility stream

3400 child places were allocated outside the managed migration program

Thus, this was the statistics of 2016-2017, as the year passes by more and more number of applicants will receive Australian Permanent residency. However, the chances to migrate Australia under permanent residency is till 2022.

As per the recent reports, it may be possible that Australia closes its route for permanent residency under skilled migration visas. So, what are you waiting for? If you are eligible, you may start preparing for the Australia PR visa before it is too late!

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