Indian and Chinese-Born Dominate Australia’s Permanent Migration Numbers

Three million people among Australia’s 26 million population are permanent migrants who arrived since 2000, with the largest contingent coming from India. And the vast majority of those permanent migrants, 87%, now live in capital cities, 56% of them concentrated in Greater Sydney and Greater Melbourne, new Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveals. The ABS report, Permanent Migration in Australia, also finds six in 10 permanent migrants, 1.8 million, have gone on to become Australian citizens, with those born in South Africa most likely to have taken that step and those from China the least likely. And while three in four permanent migrants still spoke a language other than English at home, 90% say they are proficient in English, the report says. The new ABS data comes as it is reported that an extra 650,000 total migrants to Australia this financial year and next, including foreign workers and students, will drive a 900,000 increase in total residents.

Source: Compiled by APN from media reports

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