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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4566

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   In which countries does the Special Passage Assistance Programme operate.

(2)   How many persons of (a) European, (b) partly European and (c) non-European descent migrated from each of these countries to Australia in the latest year for which statistics are available.

(3)   How many applications affecting persons in each category in each country were (a) received, (b) approved and (c) rejected under the programme in that year.

Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Special Assitance Programme was introduced to provide unilateral passage-cost assistance to desirable migrants of European descent who could not be assisted under other migration agreements or arrangements. Its operation is limited geographically only by the exclusion of certain countries such as New Zealand and Canada and the Iron Curtain countries.

In practice the great majority of migrants travelling under the Special Passage Assistance Programme come from the countries of western Europe and the Americas.

The following are the major source-areas for immigration under the Special Passage Assistance Programme:








U.K. and Ireland


South America South Africa.



(3)   The numbers Of persons involved in applications under the Special Passage Assistance Programme that were (a) received, (b) approved and (c) rejected in 1970-71 in those countries were:


It will be appreciated that many applications lapse through loss of interest or are withdrawn before determination and that enquiries in some cases are protracted. These are some of the factors which account for the gap between the totals of the approval and rejection figures and those for applications received.

Since, as mentioned above, assisted passages are available only to migrants of European origin, these figures would not include any non-Europeans or people of mixed descent.

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