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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3052

Dr Forbes asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   How many United Kingdom citizens of (a) European and (b) West Indian descent (i) applied to migrate, (ii) were approved as migrants and (iii) arrived in Australia in each of the first 3 months of 1973.

(2)   What were the occupational categories of the migrants concerned.

(3)   Are there any differences in the criteria laid down for (a) the selection of migrants and (b) the grant of assisted passages, in respect of citizens of the United Kingdom who are of (i) European and (ii) West Indian descent; if so, what are they,

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

(1)   and (2) The statistics kept cannot identify United Kingdom and citizens of West Indian descent. Consequently information in the form sought is not available.

The following table gives the information requested in (i), (i) and (iii) of question (1) in respect of the total British Assisted Passage Program for the first three months of 1973.


(The number of approvals and arrivals cannot be correlated with the applications. The approvals may relate to applications loged prior to the period stated. The difference between applications and approvals does not therefore represent the rejection rate.)

The occupational break-up is not yet available for the March quarter but in the quarter ending 31 December 1972 the occupational content amongst breadwinners from Britain was skilled 48 per cent, semi-skilled 44 per cent and unskilled 8 per cent. It is thought the the March quarter will be similar.

(3)   No.

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