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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2654

Mr Daly asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   How many migrants from nonEnglish speaking countries have arrived in Australia in the last 12 months.

(2)   What is the (a) country of origin and (b) percentage of these migrants who would have a working knowledge of the English language.

(3)   How many were (a) adults and (b) children.

Mr Lynch - The Acting Minister for Immigration has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's questions:

(1)   and (3) During the financial year 1970-71, 87,449 of the 170,011 settlers who arrived in Australia last resided in countries other than the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.

Of the 87,449 settlers from nonEnglish speaking countries in 1970-71, 34,498 were under twenty years of age, and 52,951 were twenty years of age or over.

(2)   No record is kept of the number of migrants entering Australia who have a working knowledge of the English language. A knowledge of English is not a prerequisite for entry, though intending migrants who wish to follow their normal occupation in which a knowledge of English is essential would generally be expected to have some fluency, in the language. For those migrants who do not know English, language classes are available at the pre-embarkation stage, on board ship, and in a variety of ways after arrival in Australia.

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