3106.0 - Demography News, Jun 2003  
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THE CHANGING TREND OF LONG-TERM MOVEMENT IN AUSTRALIA

Historically, the impact of migration on Australia's population has largely been due to net permanent movement. However, in 2001-02, net long-term movement of people into Australia was more than twice net permanent movement. Net long-term movement is the excess of overseas arrivals over overseas departures, involving a duration of stay of 12 months or more, excluding permanent movement.

2001-02 was the third year in a row where net long-term movement exceeded net permanent movement. Net long-term movement has grown steadily since 1991. In 2001-02, net permanent movement reached its lowest level for the past twently years. This was largely as a result of growth in permanent departures of Australian residents. For more information, see Migration, Australia 2000-01 and 2001-02 (cat. no. 3412.0), released on 28 May 2003.

For more information please contact Ian Appleby on (02) 6252 6141 or ian.appleby@abs.gov.au