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Lowest number of visas granted in a decade under Australia’s Permanent Migration Program in 2018-19

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 5 September: The Morrison Government granted the lowest number of visas under the country’s Permanent Migration Program, in a decade. Also, this year’s Migration Cap has been reduced from 190,000 to 160,000.

A media release from the office of The Hon David Coleman MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs says, “160,323 visas were granted in 2018-19 under the Permanent Migration Program, the lowest number in a decade.”

“This year we’ve reduced the cap for the Migration Program from 190,000 to 160,000, “it further discloses.

But Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the Government will continue to increase its focus on regional migration.

“Our population plan will ease the pressure on the big capitals while supporting the growth of those smaller cities and regions that want more people,” Mr. Coleman said.

“We’re also dedicating 23,000 places for regional skilled migrants and have announced two new regional visas to help fill some of the tens of thousands of job vacancies in regional Australia.

“We’re directing migration to those smaller cities and regional areas that are crying out for more people and those regional economies that simply cannot fill jobs with local workers.”
The migration program also continues to focus on growing the Australian economy and filling skills gaps, with 109,713 visas granted under the Skill stream of the 2018-19 program – about 70 percent of the program.

“Skilled migrants have high employment participation rates, low unemployment rates, and good annual earnings,” Mr. Coleman said.

“We’ll continue to back those migrants who bring critical skills into the country – those who work hard, pay taxes and contribute to funding essential services for Australians.”

“47,247 family visas were also delivered in the 2018-19 Migration Program,” says the media release.

India now Australia’s largest source of permanent migrants

By our community reporter

Melbourne, 19 July, 2012: For the first time, India is Australia’s largest source of permanent migrants, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, announced today.
Indian migrants comprised a total of 29 018 places or 15.7 per cent of the total migration program of 185 000 places under the 2011-12 permanent migration program, says a media release.

‘For some time, India has been a source of increasing numbers of new migrants to our country and it is now our largest source of permanent migrants,’ Mr Bowen said.
‘The Indian community has made a valuable contribution to economic, social and cultural life in Australia, and I know this will continue with more Indians choosing to make their home here.’
The media release reveals China and the United Kingdom were Australia’s second and third largest sources of permanent migrants, with 25 509 and 25 274 places respectively.
Seven of the top 10 source countries in Australia’s 2011-12 migration program are from Asia: India, China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam, the report says.
Skilled migration accounted for over two-thirds of Australia’s total migration program, with a 2011-12 skill stream outcome of 125 755 places. The 2011-12 migration program report is available.