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Australia Record Fall in Immigration and Population Growth Statistics September 2010

Australia Record Fall in Immigration and Population Growth Statistics September 2010

Big fall in migrant arrivals – 32 per cent fall in the past year. AUSTRALIA is heading towards recording its biggest drop in immigration numbers in 90 years.

Although official data will not be published until next month by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, analysis of long-term entrant figures – an advance indicator of official migration levels – show a 32 per cent fall in the past year.

Demographic experts Macroplan Australia said the number of long-term and permanent entrants – including permanent settlers, students and temporary workers – fell by 111,000 people, from 341,000 to 230,000 in the 12 months to July 31.

“The fall is the greatest since just after the First World War, when arrivals were boosted to record numbers of returning soldiers,” said Robert Hall of Macroplan.

“The following year, numbers obviously subsided back to normal levels.” That aside, the decline in the 12 months is the largest since 1901.

So if immigration and population growth has been falling, what have politicians been going on about e.g. Gillard and Abbott? At best ignorant, at worst playing the “race card”?

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