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Published on December 3rd, 2009 | by john.weir

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Numbers of migrants to Australia at a record high

Figures from Australia’s Bureau of Statistics show that the number of permanent and long-term migrants arriving in Australia has soared to record levels.

Record numbers of migrants, temporary workers and overseas students are piling into Oz, drawn by a buoyant economy and the promise of a better life. Almost two-thirds of Australia’s population growth is now coming from net overseas migration, which has trebled in just five years to a record 285,347 – and the bureau estimates that 510,564 migrants, students and long-term workers arrived down under in just 12 months since June 2008.

Victoria again had the highest net migration rate outside Western Australia – with net migration increasing 36 per cent in a year, to 78,843. This has led to a surge in demand for house prices, with Melbourne seeing property prices rise by some 15%.

To find out how you can make the move to Australia, come to Down Under Live! – January 30th and 31st 2010 – at the Business Design Centre in London.

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