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Wednesday, 17 April 1985
Page: 1327

(Question No. 107)


Mr Ruddock asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 26 February 1985:

(1) Were Change of Status applications to permanent residence approved (a) in 1979-80 for 6844 cases, (b) in 1980-81 for 4470 cases, (c) in 1981-82 for 5358 cases, (d) in 1982-83 for 7669 cases and (e) in 1983-84 for 9534 cases.

(2) In each year what was the number of approvals by country of citizenship.

(3) In each year and by country of citizenship what was the number of approvals by each relevant sub-section of Section 6 of the Immigration Act.


Mr Hurford —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The figures cited as approvals for Change of Status are correct for each of the years shown.

(2) The answer to this question is provided in the attached table-'Applications Approved for Resident Status Following Entry for Temporary Residence' for the financial years 1979/80 to 1983/84.

(3) Statistical information is not available in the form required by this question. Information showing basis of policy under which approved is, however, available in summary form and is provided as a separate tabulation -'Applications Approved for Resident Status Following Entry for Temporary Residence by Basis of Policy' for the financial years 1979/80 to 1983/84.

APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR RESIDENT STATUS FOLLOWING ENTRY FOR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE BY BASIS OF POLICY

Financial Years 1979-80 to 1983-84

Financial years

Basis of policy

1979-80 1980-81 1981-82 1982-83 1983-84

Political Asylum . . . . . . . . . . Spouses, Children, Aged Parents 3,417 3,221 3,007 5,049 7,434 Refugees 469 46 20 12 13 Authority to Work 1,800 434 1,112 1,491 936 Compassionate Case 1,101 753 1,101 991 994 Not Stated 57 16 118 126 157

Total 6,844 4,470 5,358 7,669 9,534

Source: Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs.

APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR RESIDENT STATUS FOLLOWING ENTRY FOR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE

FINANCIAL YEARS 1979/80 TO 1983/84

Financial Years 1979/80 to 1983/84

Country of citizenship

1979/80 1980/81 1981/82 1982/83 1983/84

U.K. 1,653 945 1,658 2,885 3,078 Ireland 82 39 62 121 149

Northern Europe:

Austria 29 15 12 25 30 Belgium 9 11 11 16 19 Denmark 23 12 5 20 30 Finland 11 10 7 5 22 France 86 48 51 94 121 Germany 134 123 185 262 341 Netherlands 70 60 86 83 146 Norway 10 9 7 4 13 Poland 128 119 421 486 353 Russia 10 14 12 16 12 Sweden 29 14 22 32 41 Switzerland 34 32 32 36 42 Other Northern Europe 49 34 27 28 52 Total Northern Europe 622 501 878 1,107 1,222

Southern Europe:

Cyprus 46 35 24 40 76 Greece 226 253 147 192 299 Italy 283 203 304 237 331 Malta 24 26 21 14 30 Portugal 37 42 15 17 22 Spain 14 16 17 28 17 Yugoslavia 264 281 252 314 456 Other Southern Europe . . . . . . . . . . Total Southern Europe 894 856 780 842 1,231

Middle East:

Arab Rep. of Egypt 20 32 24 29 56 Iran 59 62 37 36 68 Iraq 28 38 9 36 26 Israel 35 47 38 33 43 Jordan 9 12 1 3 9 Kuwait . . . . . . . . . . Lebanon 66 80 30 45 120 Saudi Arabia 10 . . . . 1 . . Syria 43 6 2 8 30 Turkey . . 54 70 82 103 Other Middle East . . 1 . . 1 9 Total Middle East 270 332 211 274 464

North America:

Canada 135 86 124 226 295 U.S.A. 366 239 278 368 542 Total North America 501 325 402 594 837

South &Central America:

Argentina 40 5 9 11 15 Brazil 11 9 6 20 16 Chile 34 17 26 36 38 Colombia 6 6 4 6 18 Ecquador 3 1 1 1 4 Jamaica 3 . . 1 . . . . Mexico 8 3 2 12 1 Paraguay . . . . 1 1 1 Peru 11 11 3 12 26 Trinidad &Tobago 2 1 . . 6 2 Uruguay 22 9 4 8 14 Venezuela 2 . . . . 1 2 Other S &C America 5 7 8 8 28 Total S &C America 147 69 65 122 165

Africa:

Ethiopia 1 2 3 7 3 Kenya 1 . . 3 . . . . Mauritius 22 16 12 21 68 Nigeria 3 2 6 6 4 Seychelles 1 4 5 3 9 South Africa 76 43 37 58 66 Tanzania 1 2 2 . . 5 Zambia 1 . . 1 1 1 Zimbabwe 5 5 4 12 9 Other Africa 13 16 9 25 25 Total Africa 124 90 82 133 190

Asia:

Bangladesh 17 7 6 9 11 Burma 2 3 4 6 13 China 221 109 81 111 242 Hong Kong 244 145 50 41 93 India 86 73 67 101 95 Indonesia 147 93 98 136 155 Japan 80 40 64 80 73 Kampuchea 4 1 . . 4 . . Korea 60 35 19 19 44 Malaysia 531 343 300 357 388 Pakistan 23 15 17 21 20 Philippines 121 93 170 292 399 Singapore 100 58 56 58 96 Sri Lanka 59 16 42 26 53 Thailand 69 31 48 69 87 Vietnam 488 60 21 35 44 Other Asia 28 31 26 11 31 Total Asia 2,280 1,153 1,069 1,376 1,844

Oceania:

Christmas Is. . . . . . . . . . . Cocos Is. . . . . . . . . . . Fiji 166 93 70 96 154 Kiribati . . 1 1 2 . . Nauru 3 1 1 1 . . New Caledonia . . . . . . . . . . New Zealand . . 1 1 8 11 Papua New Guinea 32 8 27 20 43 Solomon Is. 8 1 2 1 8 Tonga 55 50 39 63 94 Tuvalu . . . . 2 . . . . Vanuatu 4 2 1 1 1 Other Oceania 3 3 7 23 29 Total Oceania 271 160 151 215 340 Not Stated . . . . . . . . . . Stateless . . . . . . . . 14 Grand Total 6,844 4,470 5,358 7,669 9,534

Source of Information-Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs