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Migration to Australia

In the year to June 2011, a total of 213,409 new migrants settled in Australia¹.

The table to the right shows these migrants by their state of intended residence. As well as the actual headcount, we see the percentage of the Australian total. The three states at the top (NSW, Vic, Qld) are also the most populated states, and have received the most new migrants for many years.

We also see the numbers as a percentage of each state's population (ie, the state's growth rate due to overseas migration) and this shows that the "resource boom" states of WA and NT are currently growing at the fastest rates.

The same numbers are also represented in the illustration below.

 
Rank
State/
Territory
New
Migrants
% of
Australia
% of
State
1
NSW
65,735
0.3%
0.9%
2
VIC
53,204
0.2%
0.9%
3
QLD
38,852
0.2%
0.8%
4
WA
34,233
0.2%
1.4%
5
SA
11,721
0.1%
0.7%
6
ACT
3,087
0.0%
0.8%
7
NT
2,675
0.0%
1.2%
8
TAS
1,673
0.0%
0.3%
Total
Australia
213,409
0.9 %
Migrants to Australia 2010-2011 by state or territory

Where are the Migrants Coming From?

The table below shows us the top 10 countries of birthplace for new migrants to Australia.

Rank
Country
of Birth
New
Migrants
% of total
1
China
29,397
0.1%
2
New Zealand
25,787
0.1%
3
India
21,932
0.1%
4
United Kingdom
20,581
0.1%
5
Philippines
11,075
0.1%
6
South Africa
9,230
0.0%
7
Vietnam
5,060
0.0%
8
Sri Lanka
5,014
0.0%
9
Malaysia
5,004
0.0%
10
Korea (south)
4,405
0.0%
All other countries
75,924
35.6 %
Total
All Countries
213,409
100 %
¹ Source: Dept of Immigration & Citizenship - Immigration Update 2010-11. "New Migrants" (our term) equates to the totals of "Settler Arrivals" plus "Onshore Grants". Smaller Australian territories have been ignored.