Australian Immigration Communities, Students and Skilled
….The British are still the biggest migrant community, with 1.166 million forming almost 6 per cent of our population. New Zealanders (494,579) were the second-biggest group in mid-2008.
Migrant intake faces dramatic cut. Migrants to Australia are expected to drop by a fifth this financial year as changed government policies and economic conditions take effect. Net overseas migration peaked at 305,900 in March 2009, Bureau of Statistics data showed. Immigration Minister Chris Evans yesterday said that figure would fall about 20 per cent by June 30 based on recent visa applications and grants….
…Senator Evans attributed part of the decline to policy changes intended to stop international students becoming permanent residents by completing ”low-value education courses”. Visas for students were down 25 per cent in the nine months to March compared with a year earlier, spurred further by a high Australian dollar. Also falling are the number of temporary skilled migrants arriving. They fell 45 per cent in the same period.