Immigration is the most important contribution for the population growth of Australia
The population of Australia grew by 1,7% by the end of 2012. The net immigration contributed with 60% for the growth. All states reported population increase. The largest was registered in Western Australia – 3% and the smallest in Tasmania – 0,1%. The reason for the attractiveness of Western Australia among immigrants is because the state offers a lot of working opportunities in the mining and energy industry where there is an increasing demand for highly skilled workers from overseas.
Overall the population the population of Australian increased with around 382 000 people and reached a total of 22,8 million. Net overseas migration added 228,000 people to the population, some 32% higher than that for September 2011. This is the highest annual increase in almost five years. Australia will capitalize its attractiveness for foreign tourists. It is reported that most of the new visas that were granted are translating as direct significant benefits to Australia’s economy. Meanwhile, ABS data also shows that foreigners are travelling to Australia in record numbers. Over the past decade, people from China and India more than tripled their visits to Australia breaking all previous records – China went from 190,000 visits in 2002 to 630,000 in 2012, and India from 45,000 to 160,000.
Some other countries that are significant sources if immigrants for Australia include Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong. In general the Asian countries provide around 10% of the total Australian immigration. At the same time there is an increase of the opportunities that young foreigners have to travel to Australia. The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship has signed reciprocal agreements with a lot of new countries such as Argentina and Uruguay in addition to those that already exist with Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.
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