Long-term immigration into Australia still booming

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By Leith van Onselen

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) yesterday released visitor arrivals and departures data for the month of August, which again revealed surging net long-term migration into Australia, but falling net permanent migration.

In the year to August 2013, there were 680,200 permanent and long-term arrivals into Australia (a new record), partly offset by 371,440 permanent and long-term departures from Australia (see next chart).

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There were 308,760 net permanent and long-term arrivals into Australia in the year to August 2013, representing a 55% increase from the January 2011 trough and more than double the long-run average (see next chart).

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However, while overall net long-term arrivals are booming, it is a different story for permanent migration. In the year to August 2013, permanent arrivals fell by 4% to 152,710, whereas permanent departures rose 5% to their highest ever level of 92,790 (see next chart).

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In fact, net permanent arrivals into Australia fell for the twelfth consecutive month and are now tracking 8% below the long-run average (see next chart).

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As noted previously, a superficial look at the the ABS data suggests that much of the recent immigration into Australia has been temporary in nature. However, according to the Department of Immigration, around 30% of workers on temporary 457 visas end up becoming permanent residents, suggesting that actual permanent immigration remains at relatively high levels.

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  1. I was alarmed to find that a distant relative of mine, in this 30s, from another English-speaking country, migrated to Australia this year and is now looking for a job. He came here without a job (computer industry), has no tertiary qualifications, and to my mind shouldn’t have been allowed in.

    What happened to all the checks and balances I had to jump through when I came here in the 1980s?

      • Don’t know, but it irks me that he’s here, looking for work. He just simply shouldn’t be.

      • Assuming the chap in question isn’t a New Zealander, he must be either on a working holiday or a tourist visa (the WH visa for UK nationals allows entry up to your 32nd birthday, if you apply for it right before your 31st).

        The WH visa gives 12 months residency and working (although only six months’ work for a single employer), and as many interviews for sponsored roles as you can land. The tourist visa allows three months residency, doesn’t allow any paid employment but does allow interviews for sponsored roles (or you can overstay and work in the cash economy, allegedly).

        As you suggest, the rules are strict enough that there is no way he has been granted permanent residency: this is now effectively impossible to get for people without specific advanced technical skills unless they are spouse, employer or state-sponsored.

  2. Haven’t you heard, its now an open door policy…..anything to keep the Ponzi propped up.
    I am praying for lynch mobs and blood in the streets.

  3. how the kiwis are counted ? I cannot find much stats on them ?

    i m not sure how the immigration can be that high when numbers are supposed to be set at

    “The 2013–14 Migration Program’s 190 000 places comprise:

    128,550 places for skilled migrants including employer sponsored migrants, skilled independent migrants and business migrants
    60,885 places for family migrants who are sponsored by family members already in Australia
    565 places for special eligibility migrants, who include former permanent residents and have maintained close business, cultural or personal ties with Australia.

    by the way, the bikies gangs are all over the news with the Mongols patchover, for what I see very few of them are Australian citizens( plenty of Kiwi/PacIsland/Libaneses).

    How come they are not kicked out/visa cancelled when found criminal associates ?

    • From DIBP

      “New Zealand citizens are not counted as part of Australia’s annual migration program. They are included in settler arrival and net overseas migration figures (if they are in Australia for 12 months or more over a 16 month period).

      In the 2011–12 financial year 60 293 New Zealand citizens came to Australia as permanent and long-term arrivals. This represented an increase of 22.5 per cent on the previous year. Of these 44 304 arrived as permanent settlers and 15 989 were long-term arrivals. This represented a 28.2 per cent increase on the previous year for permanent arrivals and a 9.2 per cent increase on the previous year for long-term arrivals.”

    • Dam: you’re quoting solely the permanent migration program, which is the 152,710 permanent arrivals figure quoted in the piece. The remaining 27,000 is made up of people who move from long-stay temporary residency (ie 457) to permanent residency.

      Also, how do you know the bikies in question aren’t Australian citizens? Permanent residents with four years’ residency in Australia are eligible to take citizenship, and many people do.

  4. Companies should be paying a surcharge to employ foreigners on 457 visas.

    12.5% of their salary just as a suggestion.

    That would raise 1 Billion dollars annually for training and education of our own citizens.

    • Companies that employ foreigners on 457s must already put 1% of their total wage bill into audited training programs for Australian nationals (NOT 1% of the foreigner’s wage bill – 1% of the company’s total wage bill).