Australian Government - Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Kevin Andrews MP

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

Media Release by Amanda Vanstone
Former Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (2003 - 2007)

Settler numbers on the rise

27 December 2006

Australia has retained its reputation as a destination of choice for migrants, with settler arrival numbers continuing to rise.

More than 131 000 people made Australia their new home during 2005-2006, up about 8000 on the previous year, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Amanda Vanstone said today.

‘That’s 8000 extra people who chose to make Australia their home, people who not only brought with them aspirations for a wonderful new life but also brought the experience and skills to help build Australia’s future,’ Senator Vanstone said.

‘The great thing about our migration programme is that new arrivals have settled all over the country, in cities and in regional areas, meaning the wealth of their knowledge and experience is being spread throughout the community.’

A snapshot of the new arrivals highlights the non-discriminatory approach that the Australian Government has taken to immigration, with people from more than 200 countries represented in the settler arrivals statistics.

The largest number of settlers came from the United Kingdom with 23 290, up by about 5000 on the previous year.

Other European countries contributed about 7000 migrants, while the number of new arrivals from Sudan fell almost 2000 from the previous year to 3783.

Iraqi arrival numbers were up almost 500 to 2425, while more than 52 000 people from 34 Asian countries made Australia their new home during 2005-2006.

Senator Vanstone said the majority of new arrivals entered Australia through the family and skill streams of the migration programme.

‘Our migration target for 2006-2007 is about 140,000, including 97,500 in the skill stream and that number does not include the 13,000 refugee and humanitarian entrants who will begin new lives in Australia through our humanitarian programme.’

The full list of statistics can be found in Settler Arrivals 2005-2006, a Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs publication that has been published on its website at www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/statistics/index.htm.

Settler arrivals by state of stay

Financial years 2002-03 to 2005-06

         
 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

         

NSW

36 431

40 561

44 746

44 661

VIC

23 109

28 028

30 581

32 297

QLD

16 182

20 284

22 660

24 862

SA

3657

4773

6364

9099

WA

12 279

15 411

16 318

17 638

TAS

811

884

944

879

NT

483

596

592

780

ACT

957

1050

1217

1372

Nationally

93 914

111 590

123 424

131 593


Top five source countries nationally

2005-06

United Kingdom

23 290

New Zealand

19 033

India

11 286

China

10 581

Philippines

4871

Source: DIMA


See:
Index of Media Releases

URL: http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/media-releases/2006/v06297.htm
Last update: 15 May 2007 at 11:32 AEST