Oz aiming for record immigrant intake

The Australian Government has announced that it will look to bring in a record number of migrants during the 2016-17 migration year – the fifth consecutive year that record intake level has been set.

Up to 190,000 places will be available for permanent migration in 2016-17. This will include up to 128,550 places for skilled migration, 57,400 for family migration and 565 for migration under the Special Eligibility stream of the managed Migration Program.

In addition, at least 3,485 places will be provided for child category migrants outside the managed Migration Program. This continues the transition of the child category to a fully demand-driven model by 2019-20 as recommended by the Interdepartmental Committee on Intercountry Adoption in 2014-15.

The government revealed that Australia will also continue to welcome refugees, with 13,750 places available through the country’s Humanitarian Programme to those most at risk. By 2018-19 Australia’s Humanitarian Programme will increase to 18,750 places.

Article by David Fuller