Australia to Accept More Migrants

According to official figures, Australia has accepted 167,000 migrants last year and by the end of the next 4 years the annual intake numbers will top 200,000.

The new data published recently bring Australia one step closer to reaching its dream of a “big Australia” population of 36 million people by 2050.

Four months ago the federal government was projecting overall net migration to peak at 191,000 annually by 2015, but the latest data released revises that calculation to 204,000.

The Outlook for Net Overseas Migration September 2011 report said that forecasts had changed because of the Government’s recent decision to offer foreign students a two-year visa with work rights when they have completed university courses.