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Migrants choose Queensland to settle

Increasing numbers of migrants are choosing Queensland to set up home, with settler numbers at their highest since the Coalition came to government.

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Amanda Vanstone today said 24 862 people migrated to Australia and settled in Queensland in 2005-2006, up almost 10 per cent on the previous year.

‘Australians have always known what a wonderful place Queensland is to live and visit but in the past five years the state has also become an increasingly popular destination for migrants,’ Senator Vanstone said.

‘The Queensland community is to be congratulated for welcoming these people into their lives so readily and willingly.’

Among the new arrivals to Queensland were more than 5000 people from the United Kingdom, 590 from Sudan, 758 from the Philippines, 640 from China, 713 from India and 995 South Africans.

On the national front, more than 131 000 people arrived and settled in Australia in 2005-2006, an increase of about 8000 on the previous year.

The largest number of settlers came from the United Kingdom with 23 290, up by about 5000 on last year.

Other European countries contributed about 7000 migrants, while the number of new arrivals from Sudan fell almost 2000 from the last year to 3783.

Iraqi arrival numbers were up almost 500 to 2425, while more than 52 000 people from 34 Asian countries made Australia their new home during 2005-2006.

Senator Vanstone said the majority of new arrivals entered Australia through the family and skill streams of the migration programme.

‘Our migration target for 2006-2007 is about 140 000, including 97 500 in the skill stream and that number does not include the 13 000 refugee and humanitarian entrants who will begin new lives in Australia through our humanitarian programme.’

The full list of statistics can be found in Settler Arrivals 2005-2006, a Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs publication that has been published on its website at www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/statistics/index.htm.

Senator Amanda Vanstone MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

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URL: http://www.minister.immi.gov.au /media_releases/media06/v06301.htm Last update: 28 December 2006 at 12:08 AEST

Settler arrivals by state of stay Financial years 2002-03 to 2005-06

2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

NSW 36 431 40 561 44 746 44 661

VIC 23 109 28 028 30 581 32 297

QLD 16 182 20 284 22 660 24 862

SA 3657 4773 6364 9099

WA 12 279 15 411 16 318 17 638

TAS 811 884 944 879

NT 483 596 592 780

ACT 957 1050 1217 1372

Nationally 93 914 111 590 123 424 131 593

Top five source countries for Queensland 2005-06 New Zealand 8866

United Kingdom 5068

South Africa 995

Philippines 758

India 713