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Friday, 16 October 1970


Mr Daly asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   Is any record kept of the number of migrants who received an assisted passage to come to Australia and who returned to their country of origin within the two-year period.

(2)   If so, how many (a) males and (b) females returned to their country of origin within the twoyear period in each of the last 5 years.


Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) The information on which such records could be maintained is not available to the Department; as the Committee on Social Patterns of the Immigration Advisory Council noted in its report on the departure of settlers from Australia in October 1967, for various reasons some settlers do not declare themselves as such when leaving.

However, all assisted settlers sign an undertaking that they will remain in Australia for 2 years. (Where assistance is given a second time- the period is 5 years.) Unless a waiver is granted, persons who depart within 2 years of arrival are expected to refund or place in trust part or all of the subsidy granted to them to travel to Australia.

The numbers who departed before the expiry of 2 years and who fulfilled the requirements outlined above for the period January 1965 to June 1970, as recorded by the Department of Immigration, are shown in the following table:

 







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