Thursday, June 09, 2011

Migration to Australia by country

Michael Jeremy pointed me to some new material being released by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship providing country profiles on Australia's migrant groups. So far, ten countries are covered.

I mention this because the profiles provide interesting comparative insights into the varying patterns of migration that are steadily changing this country.

As an example, at the end of June 2009 the Australian Chinese born population totaled 350,960 or 1.6 per cent of the total population. Over half this group lived in NSW. By contrast, the Indian born population totaled 305,840 of which the NSW share was around 40 per cent, with Victorian increasing in popularity.

I won't comment further at this point. I just thought that you might find the profiles interesting.      

2 comments:

marcellous said...

Migration from every country tells a story about that country as well as about Australia.

I found it interesting to look at the mix of different streams and how those streams are made up.

The Chinese family stream entrants have increased after a bit of a go-slow (or a "throttle" in ISP-terms) under Howard, and parents make up a sizeable percentage of the stream.

Parents make up an even higher proportion of the South African family reunion stream - that's because there is an exodus of whites from there (the figures, of course, don't make any overt colour distinction).

Although there's no gender break-up in the figures, I'm prepared to guess that there are a lot of brides being brought out from India - partners represent 80% of the family stream.

Jim Belshaw said...

Thanks, Marcellous, and my apologies for the delay in responding. I have been ion Armidale.

Very interesting comments. You have my love of the entrails! I will try to add some further analysis later, picking up your points.