Australian Bureau of Statistics
3412.0 - Migration, Australia, 1996-97
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/02/1998
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Migration down but Kiwis top the list in coming to Australia
Net overseas migration in 1996-97 was down 8 per cent on the previous year to 95,800 people, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
For the second year in a row New Zealanders were the largest group (15 per cent) of arrivals, being the only major birthplace group to increase in numbers. The next largest group of arrivals came from United Kingdom (11 per cent) and China (9 per cent). However the 85,800 new permanent arrivals to Australia has dropped by 14 per cent on the previous year.
Visitors intending to stay over a year but not permanently (i.e. long-term visitors) increased by 13 per cent. Over half of these visitors came over for education coming from a wide variety of countries such as United Kingdom, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United States of America, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea and New Zealand.
A higher proportion (29 per cent) of Western Australia's population were born overseas, than Victoria and New South Wales (25 per cent each), the Australian Capital Territory (24 per cent), South Australia (22 per cent), Queensland (18 per cent), Northern Territory (17 per cent), and Tasmania (11 per cent) at 30 June 1996.
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