Australia's Immigration Intake
Former Premier Bob Carr recently appeared on ABC’s Q&A to speak about immigration issues in Australia, stating that Australia’s immigration rate should be halved, and that most Australians believe our population is large enough already.
Australia has a points-based system for assessing potential migrants. It ranks skilled workers by their need, and requires them to pass health and character tests. Those wishing to become citizens must also pass an English-language quiz on Australia’s constitution, history and values.
From 19 million in 2000, Australia’s population has grown to almost 25 million people today, 20 years earlier than the official growth forecast by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2000. This is an increase of 30% in 18 years.
India is the largest source of skilled migrants, constituting 21 percent of that population in 2017, followed by China with 15 percent and the U.K. with 9 percent.
A national survey conducted by the Lowy Institute found that a majority (53%) of Australians believe that the total number of migrants coming to Australia each year is either ‘about right’ or ‘too low’. Four in ten (40%) say the number is too high.
What should Australia's
immigration levels be?
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Grattan Institute, 'How migration affects housing affordability'
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