NSW leads for immigration

Publish Date: Mar 05, 2015

NSW has emerged as the leading state in attracting immigrants, with the state recording the largest increase in population as a result of migration.

That's the finding of recent research from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which has released its figures on the state of migration to Australia in recent months.

In the year to June 2014, the state led the country, with the number of immigrants increasing by 6,300, according to these figures. The only other state to see a net increase in migration in this time was Victoria, which saw 2,300 more residents as a result of migration from overseas.

Other states saw a considerable decline in overall levels, according to Denise Carlton from the ABS.

"Compared with last year, population gains from migration were lower by almost 20,000 people for WA or a drop of close to 40 per cent," said Ms Carlton in the December 18 statement.

"Similarly, Queensland saw a fall of nearly 10,000 people or 24 per cent in its growth due to overseas migration, along with the Northern Territory, down 2,000 people or 40 per cent, and the Australian Capital Territory, down 700 people or 25 per cent."

While Western Australia recorded the largest drop in migrant numbers, the state is still proving attractive, recording the fastest growth rate among the states and territories. Victoria, Queensland and NSW all recorded strong increases in total population as well.

For Australia, immigration has continued to provide a source of continued population growth. According to the ABS, over half (58 per cent) of the increase in Australia's population over the 12 months surveyed has come from overseas migration. This equates to an additional 212,700 new migrants entering the country in the year before June 2014.

Clearly migration to Australia is continuing to be an attractive option for those seeking new opportunities. With new occupations added to the Skilled Immigration List (SOL), now might be a good time for skilled workers to consider a move to the country.

For more on the requirements of moving to Australia, make sure to discuss your options with a migration lawyer. They will have the expertise and advice necessary to help you with this major life decision and ensure that you are meeting the legal responsibilities that come with this move.

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