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Thursday, 12 December 1996
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(Question No. 319)


Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, upon notice, on 20 November 1996:

(1) What were the number of and proportion of migrants from both non-English speaking countries and English speaking countries in the 1990-91 to 1995-96 financial years.

(2) Please provide the same information in respect to the family reunion part of the program, the preferential family part of the program and the concessional part of the program for each of those years.


Senator Vanstone —The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The classification of main English speaking countries (MESC) includes Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States of America, Canada, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Non-English speaking countries (NESC) includes all other countries. The information in the following tables is classified MESC or NESC based on country of birth.

(1) Total Settler arrivals by MESC/NESC, 1990-91 to 1995-96

<SPANSPEC> </SPANSPEC> <SPANSPEC> </SPANSPEC>
MESC migrants NESC migrants
No.%No. %
1990-9134,60928.487,07971.6
1991-9226,60924.880,78275.2
1992-9320,16626.456,16473.6
1993-9421,33030.648,43869.4
1994-9527,94832.059,48068.0
1995-9630,58630.968,55369.1

(2) Preferential Family, Concessional Family and Total Family Settler Arrivals by MESC/NESC, 1990-91 to 1995-96

<SPANSPEC> </SPANSPEC> <SPANSPEC> </SPANSPEC> <SPANSPEC> </SPANSPEC>
Preferential Family
MESC migrants NESC migrants
No.%No. %
1990-915,44017.325,97282.7
1991-925,15418.922,14281.1
1992-934,94520.718,93279.3
1993-945,54421.819,92978.2
1994-955,79919.923,34180.1
1995-966,18516.132,17083.9
Concessional Family
MESC migrants NESC migrants
No.%No.%
1990-915,37323.917,14976.1
1991-923,63017.017,69583.0
1992-931,57319.16,65280.9
1993-941,47918.26,62881.8
1994-952,41930.55,51969.5
1995-962,80434.65,29965.4
Total Family
MESC migrants NESC migrants
No.%No.%
1990-9110,81320.043,12180.0
1991-928,78418.139,83781.9
1992-936,51820.325,58479.7
1993-947,02320.926,55779.1
1994-958,21822.228,86077.8
1995-968,98919.337,46980.7