Record-Breaking Amount Of Foreigners Flocking To Australia
Published: Wednesday 22 April 2015
Australia is set to issue more than 5 million visas to students, tourists and temporary workers in 2015 – the first time this landmark figure will have ever been reached. According to the Secretary of the Department of Immigration, Michael Pezzullo, this means that as many as 1.9 million foreigners are likely to be in the country at any given time during 2015. As part of a speech given at the Australian National University on Monday evening, Mr Pezzullo said that the intake of permanent migrants to Australia this year is also expected to surpass the existing record of 185,000, set in 1969 – although he pointed out that the majority of permanent newcomers would be skilled immigrants designed to meet the country’s economic needs. “If a nation's immigration programme is well-crafted and targeted, and migrants enjoy high levels of economic participation, as distinct from high levels of social exclusion and welfare-dependency, immigration has beneficial impacts in terms of growth in the demand for goods and services; increases in national income, and living standards; improved labour participation; expansion of the economy's productive capacity; and growth in household consumption and public revenues,” he explained. Mr Pezzullo also stated that the ethnic composition of new migrants has shifted away from Europe and towards Asia, with the number of Chinese-born and Indian-born Australians soaring over the past two decades, to 450,000 and 400,000 respectively. Australia currently has a higher proportion of overseas-born population than at any point since the gold rushes of the 19th century.