By Neeraj Nanda
Melbourne, 19 June: India has emerged as the main source of migrants to Australia in 2013-14. Australia’s Migration Trends 2013–14 report released recently says almost 40,000 Indian nationals migrated to Australia in this period. In the same year almost 30,000 people born in India became Australian citizens.
A total of 207,900 migrants settled permanently in Australia from all countries in the same period.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said, in a media release, the report contains a wealth of information about the current trends in migration.
“The report provides a rich and valuable source of information on how immigration is shaping our nation,” Mr Dutton said.
Australia granted 290,000 student visas in 2013-14 – the highest number since the Global Financial Crises.
“This is proof Australia’s Student Visa Programme continues to remain strong and appealing to the overseas market and keeps its place as one of Australia’s major export earners,” Mr Dutton said.
The report provides insights on global economic trends. Tourist numbers from China increased by almost a quarter in 2013–14 reflecting its large and growing middle class
In 2013–14, the permanent Migration Programme delivered almost 128,600 places under the Skill stream and just over 61,000 places through the Family stream, says the media release from Mr. Peter Dutton’s office.
“Permanent migration remains a pillar of Australia’s migration programmes providing social and economic benefits through its skilled worker and family reunion programmes,” Mr Dutton said.
The report is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website: www.immi.gov.au.
- SAT News Service
By Melbourne News Bureau
Melbourne: There are 84 Indians in Australian jails. The revelation has come in a report in the ‘Tehelka’ magazine. The report which quotes the Ministry of Overseas Indians and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), does not give the crimes under which they have been convicted or a state wise breakup in Australia. The number of Indians in Australia is 448330, according to the report.
Tehelka quotes data available with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), 6,795 Indians are in jail in countries all over the world. Indians are in prison in the UK, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Swaziland and even Lesotho. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) tops with 1,681 Indians behind bars. This is followed Saudi Arabia, where it is estimated that 1,400 Indians are serving jail terms at any given point of time. Other countries where Indians are jailed in a substantial number are the UK, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Nepal.
“Indians are in prison mostly for illegal entry, cheating, trafficking and murder. In Saudi Arabia and the UAE, however, Indians are in for bootlegging and adultery also,” Tehelka says.
Data for all countries is not available. But available date indicates Indians in jails in UAE (1681), Saudi Arabia (1400), Malaysia (634), Nepal (377), UK (350), Bangladesh (316), Singapore (220), Kuwait (219), Qatar (213), Iran (167), S. Africa (165), Italy (125), Pakistan (13), China (50) etc.
Source: SAT, March 2011
A board warning risks at the Penguin Island.
By our correspondent
Perth, Western Australia: Two men, both Indian migrants in Perth aged in their 30s, died Tuesday (28th Dec., 2010) afternoon despite efforts to rescue them after they were swept away into deep water off Penguin Island. The victims were crossing with a few others a popular marine park to the mainland Penguin Island. Both the victims were married with children.
Their wives and two other companions who had attempted the crossing with them were rescued and taken to hospitals in nearby Rockingham and Fremantle, local media says. They had been picnicking on the island with their children and other family members who had returned to the mainland by ferry.
Source: Local media