The increase in immigration causes population growth in Australia
The Australian Bureаu of Statistics has reported that the migration inflow to Australia has reached its highest point for the last two years. During the first 6 months of 2012 the net immigration in Australia was estimated to be more than 200 000 people, which is around 18% increase in comparison with the same period of the previous year. At the same time the population of Australia increased with 330 000 people and reached a total of 22,6 million. The data also show that the rate of increase was nearly 1,5%. The largest contributor to the population growth was the net immigration with 57% while the net birth rate (birth – deaths) contributed with 43%.
On a regional scale the largest growth of 3,5% was registered in Western Australia followed by Australian Capital Territory with 1,9% and Queensland with 1,7%. Victoria saw growth of 1.5%, the Northern Territory recorded growth of 1.3%, New South Wales growth of 1%, South Australia 0.9% and Tasmania growth of 0.3%.
There were 295,400 births registered in the year ending March 2012, 1.2% more than the previous year. The number of deaths registered over the same period was 145,800, 0.5% less than the previous year.
The report shows that the increase in foreign workers in Western Australia is reduced to the currently flowering resource industry. New South Wales at the same time is struggling got attract newcomers. According the statistics the state registered a net population decrease of around 17 000 people which had a negative effects on the local economy.
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