Census report provides valuable data on migrants

A REPORT released on Thursday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has lifted the veil of confusion often enveloping migrants to this country and will now be used to aid in the development and evaluation of migrant programs and support services.

Integrating data from the 2011 Census with information from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's Settlement Data Base, the study covered aspects ranging from education and language to employment, income and citizenship.

For the first time, the settlement outcomes of recent migrants can be cross-classified by their entry conditions, such as visa stream, whether they applied onshore or offshore, and whether they were a main or secondary applicant.

The report shows that on Census night in 2011 there were 1.3 million permanent migrants who had arrived since 1 January 2000, 56% through the skilled stream, 33% through the family stream and 11% as humanitarian aid.

Over two thirds of the migrants who arrived since January 2000 were offshore applicants with 34% in the skilled stream, 25% in the family stream and 9% as humanitarian migrants. The last figure is probably the most telling because it shows that despite the hysteria surrounding asylum-eekers only 1.9% of the 1.3 million permanent arrivals for that period actually came to Australia under those circumstances.


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