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In 2010‐11, Australia's combined migration and humanitarian programmes totalled 182 500, slightly higher than the 2009‐10 figure, and the second highest level on record after 2008‐09. 92% of places came under the migration programme ‐ 62% through the skill stream and 30% through the family stream ‐ and 8% through the humanitarian programme. For the first time, China was the main source of new migrants to Australia, accounting for an 18% share of the 2010‐11 Migration Program, up from a 10% share a decade ago. In addition, over 34 500 New Zealand permanent settlers came under the Trans‐Tasman Travel Arrangement, 41% more than in 2009‐10. For 2011‐12, the overall size of the migration and humanitarian programmes is set at 199 750 places, comprising 125 850 skilled migration, 58 600 family, and 13 750 humanitarian places.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2012-06-01

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