Net overseas migration slows in Australia: official data

15:44, September 29, 2010      

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Net overseas migration in Australia continued its downward movement to the end of March 2010, according to data released on Wednesday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

ABS data showed the preliminary net overseas migration estimate (61,800 people) for the March quarter 2010 was 37 percent lower than the historical high recorded for March quarter 2009 (98,100 people).

Australia's population reached 22,272,000 by the end of March 2010, with an increase of 403,100 people over the year.

Net overseas migration accounted for 60 percent of this growth, with the remaining 40 percent due to natural increase (births minus deaths).

The population growth rate was 1.8 percent, down from its peak of 2.2 percent in March 2009.

Over the past decade, natural increase has added between 0.6 and 0.7 percent each year to the population.

By contrast, net overseas migration has boosted the population as little as 0.5 percent and as much as 1.5 percent, with that high point reached over the year to March 2009.

Over the year to this March, the addition from net immigration was 1.1 percent.

More recent estimates of overseas arrivals and departures suggest the slowdown continued into the second half of the year.

Net long-term arrivals totalled 269,000 over the year to March, but only 230,000 over the year to July, the latest figures showed.

Source: Xinhua


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