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1997-98 Migration (Non-Humanitarian) Program outcome.

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Media Release


The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs


MPS 87/98





The 1997-98 Migration (Non-Humanitarian) Program has been delivered within target and with co ntinued emphasis on skilled migration, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock, announced today.


The Minister said there were 34,670 visas issued in the Skill Stream (52 per cent of the total migration program), which is 7,120 more than in 1996-97. Similarly there were 31,310 visas issued in the Family Stream (47 per cent of the total program) -13,270 less than in 1996-97.


“This shift in the program balance is critical in continuing to achieve the significant improvement in the economic and employment impact of immigration this Government has already generated. It is also important our policies achieve increased community confidence in immigration,” Mr Ruddock said.


“The success of the Government’s spouse and fiance bona fides strategy and the capping of the number of parent visas were major factors contributing to the reduced Family Stream outcome,” Mr Ruddock said.


The Minister said recent research by the consulting firm Econtech clearly demonstrated that the shift towards skilled migrants will result in an improvement in Australian living standards of $95 per person per year by the years 2007-08.


The report, commissioned by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, compared the economic impact of Australia’s 1995-96 migrant intake with the planned 1997-98 intake.


“The shift in the migration program is critical to ensure that immigration has a positive impact on the Commonwealth Budget and on employment.


“It supports the Government’s commitment to delivering a Migration Program with a proper emphasis on selecting migrants with the necessary skills and capital to help the Australian economy grow,” Mr Ruddock said.




Monday, 13 July 1998


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