The Characteristics of Recent Migrants Survey (CoRMS) was conducted across Australia in November 2019 as a supplement to the monthly Labour Force Survey. Topics include employment and how finding work relates to visa type, education, language skills or other characteristics.
The CoRMS provides information about people who have come to Australia in the last 10 years and were either:
- recent migrants - on a permanent visa or had become Australian citizens since arrival, or,
- temporary residents - on a temporary visa, with the intention to stay for one year or more on arrival.
At November 2019, 9.1% of the Australian population aged 15 years or over (1.9 million people) were recent migrants or temporary residents:
- 50% were recent migrants (615,200 had a permanent visa and 321,500 were now Australian citizens)
- 46% were temporary residents (847,100 had temporary visas). (Table 1)
People who were an Australian or New Zealand citizen before arrival, or held New Zealand citizenship as at November 2019, are not included in this analysis.
The following diagram shows the estimates for the Australian population aged 15 years and over, by migration status.