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Australia reached its target of attracting 190,000 migrants

Australia announced this week that the 190,000 target, set by the Australian Federal Government, in attracting new migrants during the past financial year had been achieved.

Australia Reached Its Target Of Attracting 190 000 Migrants

Data released by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection revealed that the Australian economy, industry and society had benefited by 128,550 permanent migration visas, under the skilled migrant scheme.

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said that these figures equates to nearly 68% of the programme.

“The skill stream is targeted towards helping fill identified skill shortages in the Australian economy. These results are a major boost to the Australian economy,’ he explained.

“Overall in 2013/2014, occupational professionals accounted for more than 63% of visas granted in the skill stream, followed by technicians and trades workers with 22% and managers with 9% of skilled stream visa grants,” said Minister Morrison.

The report further revealed that more than 60% of skilled migration visas were granted to applicants within the employer-sponsored designation, amounting to 47,450 places. It also showed that business innovation and investment visa applicants took 6,160 places while 24,656 state and territory government nominated visas were also granted.

Applicants through the Australian visa family stream accounted for 61,112 places, representing about 32% of the migration programme with 47,752 places being awarded to partners and spouse and a further 3,850 visas in this stream delivered to children. The balance of the visas in this stream was awarded to applicants who applied for visas under other family categories.

“Delivery of a well-managed migration scheme demonstrates our capacity to carefully structure our programmes to deliver the size and composition required to meet the needs of the Australian economy,” Morrison said, adding that the purpose of migration is to build the economy, shape society, support the labour market and reunite family.

According to the details of the report most migrants opted to live in New South Wales with 33.7% of all migrants living in this state. This figure is also an increase on last year’s report by 3.5%. Victoria followed as second favourite among migrants with 24.4% making Victoria their home and is followed by Western Australia with 17.8%.

Good news for South Africans is that the data also shows how the migration programmes size and composition is flexible and has changed over time. It has grown from a smaller programme with mostly family migrants in 1993/1994 to a larger programme with more skilled migrants in 2013/2014.

Qualified South Africans are in demand in the Australian job sector, known for their hardworking attitude, good levels of education and excellent exposure to relevant experience.

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