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Trends in International Migration SOPEMI ‐ 2004 Edition: Recent Changes in Migration Movements and Policies

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The Australian economy grew by 2.7% in 2002/03, after increasing by 3.8% in 2001/02. The unemployment rate declined slightly to just over 6% and has since continued to decrease (5.8% as of September 2003). The Australian economy is forecast to grow by over 3% in 2003/04. Unemployment and inflation are expected to remain around current levels. State‐specific and regional migration continues to be a priority for Australia, with particular emphasis on skilled migration. The 2002/03 Migration Programme was not only the largest in over a decade, with the largest family migration since 1995/96, but also the most highly skilled ever, allowing approximately 108 000 migrants to enter Australia. In addition, approximately 12 500 migrants arrived in Australia on humanitarian grounds in 2002/03...

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: March 1, 2005


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