Latest ABS Stats Show Record Chinese Migrants…again

There was a slight increase in the number of permanent settlers in Australia in the year to June, according to last week’s ABS figuresMIgrant

Most come from Asia, at 58.4 per cent in the year to June.
Only 410 Brit settlers arrived in the month of June – crashing down from a record 2,560 in August 2007 to the lowest figure in the history of the data series.
Not so many Kiwis are making the permanent journey across the Tasman either right now.

With departures up over the past year, net permanent and long term immigration fell quite sharply to +262,800, the lowest figure since March 2007.

This is another type of casualisation.

Just as there are more part time jobs these days than there used to be, there are more part time migrants!

Despite the slowdown, as I explored here the headcount in Australia is probably up by more than 400,000 over the last year, including a surge in international students.

A challenge for policy makers is that the largest cities are creating most of the new jobs, and as a result are mopping up the great bulk of population growth too – while population growth is slow in Tasmania, and slowing in Perth, Darwin Adelaide, and most of regional Australia (although regional New South Wales has begun to create jobs lately).

Record visitors

The lower dollar has resulted in an epic boom in short term arrivals, to yet another all-time high of 7.84 million.
And this figure is accelerating, up by 10 per cent over the past year.
That said, the downward pressure impact of the lower dollar on short term departures (up to 9.67 million) may be beginning to fade.
Most short term visitors come for holidays (3.91 million) or to visit friends and relatives (2.04 million).

No surprises that June saw yet another monthly record in the number of visitors from China and Hong Kong,
There has been a stunning 21 per cent increase in annual visitors from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, to a record 1.54 million (a rip-snorting 13-fold increase from 1991).

Meanwhile 469,800 education arrivals in the year to June was 14 per cent higher than one year ago.

Recall that the visa rules for international students were relaxed effective 1 July, so these figures will likely accelerate in the second half of 2016.

The wrap

As you were, really.
Fewer long term and permanent migrants to Australia – particularly from the United Kingdom and New Zealand – but record short term arrivals and ever more Chinese visitors (with more to come when the changes to student visa rules kick in as the year progresses).

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Pete Wargent


Pete Wargent is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary and has a Financial Planning Diploma. He’s achieved financial freedom at the age of 33 - as detailed in his book ‘Get a Financial Grip – A Simple Plan for Financial Freedom’. Pete now manages his investment portfolio, travels and works as a consultant in the finance industry from time to time. Visit his blog

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