Australia reached a major milestone on February 16, 2016, as the Australian population hit 24 million people for the first time in history.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), immigration to Australia accounted for 53% of the country’s population growth during this last year.
In fact, immigration to Australia has been the largest source of population growth in Australia for the past 10 years as hundreds of thousands of people move to Australia each year.
As of June 2015, 28% of the people who live in Australia were born overseas, while 72% of Aussies were born in Australia.
Thus, immigration to Australia has not only helped to significantly increase the Aussie population, but Australian immigration has also made the “Land Down Under” an even more multicultural country.
The ABS data also reveals that the State of Victoria (where the city of Melbourne is located) is now the fastest growing region of Australia, replacing Western Australia which had led the country in population growth for many years.
While Victoria, which has a population of 5.9 million people, is the fastest growing state in Australia, neighboring New South Wales (home to the city of Sydney) remains the most populous state in Australia with 7.6 million residents living there.
Australia continues to be a prime immigration destination, with a net of one immigrant being added to the Aussie population every 2.6 minutes, according to estimates made by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Why do so many people from around the globe want to move to Australia?
Australia is a prosperous, peaceful, immigrant-friendly democracy with great employment and educational opportunities and some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. People who immigrate to Australia also have the option to become Australian citizens after they live in Australia as permanent residents at least four years and meet other criteria.
Would you and your family like to join the approximately 200,000 foreign nationals who immigrate to Australia each year? Our MARA-registered Immigration Agent that we collaborate with can evaluate your details and let you know whether you are likely to meet the eligibility criteria for the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) Program. To learn more, click here!