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Thursday, 29 March 1979
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Mr Jull (BOWMAN, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 28 February 1979:

How many migrants from (a) West Germany, (b) Denmark, (c) Norway, (d) Sweden, (e) Finland, (f) Switzerland, (g) Holland, (h) Belgium, (j) France and (k) Austria have settled in Australia since 1 945.

Mr MacKellar (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

No accurate separate identification of settler arrivals is possible for the period prior to January 1959, as the only available statistics relate to the total of permanent and longterm movement. However, estimates have been made of settler arrivals by country of citizenship for this period.

It is not possible to differentiate in the statistics between the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany. The statistics are based on Passenger Cards filled out by travellers on arrival in Australia, and on these a large proportion of settlers describe themselves simply as

German citizens, and not as citizens of either East or West Germany.

The estimated number of settler arrivals by country of citizenship for the period January 1945 to December 1978 is as follows:


More detailed information, particularly for the post 1959 period, on settler arrivals and former settlers departing by country of birth, country of citizenship and country of last residence is included in my Department's regular publication 'Australian Immigration- Consolidated Statistics'.

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