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Skilled workers help migration lead NSW population growth.

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Media release Senator Chris Evans Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister for Immigration and Citizenship 029.08 27 March 2008 Skilled workers help migration lead NSW population growth A new publication shows that overseas skilled workers were the main factor in New South Wales’ population growth last year, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said today. The 2008 edition of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship publication Population Flows: Immigration Aspects shows that net migration - the number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants - made up 56 per cent of Australia’s population growth in 2006-07. NSW gained 54 891 people through net migration in a year when its natural population increase -the number of births minus the number of deaths - was 44 332 people. China topped the list of overseas permanent additions to NSW in 2006-07, with 10 039 migrants. India (7388 people) was the next biggest source country, followed by the UK (6461), New Zealand (5242) and Korea (2367). “Skilled migrants and their families are the largest component of overseas migration to NSW, accounting for half of all new arrivals,” Senator Evans said. “The top five occupations of overseas skilled workers settling in NSW last year were accountants, computing professionals, registered nurses, cooks, and building and engineering professions.” Senator Evans said that just over 31 per cent of the NSW intake came from family migration, and about eight per cent arrived under Australia’s humanitarian program. “The book also records that 1.6 million overseas visitors said NSW was their main state of stay in Australia in 2006-07 - 2.8 per cent up on the previous year,” Senator Evans said. The United Kingdom is the most common overseas birthplace of NSW people, accounting for 17.1 per cent of foreign-born residents. Population Flows: Immigration Aspects is available at: Media Contact: Simon Dowding - (02) 6277 7860 or 0411 138 541