Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Chinese Migrants to Australia Outnumber New Zealand or UK

"China now Australia's top source of immigrants"
"China has overtaken the UK and New Zealand as Australia's biggest source of immigrants, official figures reveal."



"The latest government figures show a record 6,350 people arrived from China in the four months to October.

China's new primacy was due largely to a fall in migration from the UK and New Zealand, as people there opt to hold on to jobs instead of moving to Australia...

British migration has also been affected by a cut in the number of skilled workers Australia allows to settle in the country.

Chinese migration, however, is dominated by family reunions and grew by 15% over the same period last year.

New Zealanders do not require visas to migrate to Australia and so the drop in migration from there is a direct response to economic conditions, demographer Graeme Hugo told the Sydney Morning Herald."

Read the full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8401376.stm

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