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Australia Met its Immigration Target for 2013-2014 Fiscal Year

September 2014, 17
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Australia Met Immigration Target
Australia has met its immigration target by attracting 190,000 new migrants in the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the government has announced.

The figures revealed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection demonstrate that the majority of permanent migration visas representing 128,550 were granted to the skilled stream.

Australian immigration minister, Scott Morrison said that this figure accounts for 68% of the migration program. The skilled category would help to fill skills shortages in the Australian economy, thereby, boosting the country’s economy.

In between 2013 and 2014, over 63% of the visas issued in the skilled category were attributed to occupational professionals, followed by trades workers and technicians representing 22% and managers holding 9% of Australia skilled stream visa grants.

Over 60% of skilled migration visas were held within the employer-sponsored designation, attributing to 47,450 slots, whereas, investment and business innovation filled 6,160 slots and 24,656 visa categories were nominated by the state and territory government.

The family class stream represented around 32% accounting for 61,112 places of the migration program. In this category, the partner stream represented 47,752 places or 78% of the family stream, and 3,850 places were occupied by the child stream. Parent, contributory parent categories, and other family members occupied the rest of the places in this family class stream.

Scott Morrison said that building good migration scheme itself proves the capability to outline the programs that are required to address the needs of the Australian economy. He added on saying that the main purpose of migration is to build the economy, shape the society, address the labor market needs and reunify the family.

India formed the largest part in terms of immigrant population holding 39,026 places or 23.1% of the total, which is followed by China holding 26,776 places and the UK accounting for 23,220 places.

Australian Government sets the planning levels of migration program every year, which includes the size and composition to address the economic and social needs of the government.

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