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May 18 2011

Statistics

Some Australian Statistics

A collection of various statistics that I am accumulating:

Migrants Returning – Overseas Arrivals and Departures tables

A question I have often seen is….

How many Migrants really go back ?

I’ve been looking for some recent figures, and will update this page at some stage soon, however, I do have these figures to be going on with:

UK Born Migrants to Australia
2002/2003

12,508 Total settler Arrivals
3,628 Total Permanent Departures

Based on that, a total of 29% returned at some point in their lives

685 are stated as having left within the first two years
688 stayed for between 3 and 5 years
2,255 had stayed for 5 or more years

2006/2007

23,223 Total settler Arrivals
5,626 Total Permanent Departures

Based on that, a total of 24% returned at some point in their lives.

1001 left within the first two years
883 stayed for between 3 and 5 years
3,700 had stayed for 5 or more years

Overall this would equate to:

4.64% leave within the first two years
4.77% stay for between 3 and 5 years
17.09% stay for 5 or more years
73.5% are unaccounted for. (They may still be here)

2007/2008:

23,236 Total settler Arrivals
6,047 Total Permanent Departures

Based on that, a total of 26% returned at some point in their lives.

1,099 left within the first two years
1,012 stayed for between 3 and 5 years
3,877 had stayed for 5 or more years

2008/2009:

21,545 Total settler Arrivals
6,160 Total Permanent Departures

Based on that, a total of 28.6% returned at some point in their lives.

This compares to 25.2% based on all nationalities.

  • 1,087 left within the first two years. 5% of this years arrivals, compared to 3.5% all nationalities.
  • 976 stayed for between 3 and 5 years. 4.5% of this years arrivals, compared to 4.0% all nationalities.
  • 4,097 had stayed for 5 or more years. 19% of this years arrivals, compared to 17.7% all nationalities.

Some of those that return, do in fact come back again. Often called Ping Pong Poms

I have been asked why the numbers sometimes seem higher than this.

The higher % that is often spoken about, includes the 457 visa holders etc., who are only temporary anyway

Another view is that the vast majority of migrants no longer use the forums once they are settled.
Therefore you will tend not to get the true average opinion of ALL migrants.
You will mainly only get opinions from those that are still not yet fully settled, and are still using the forums to keep in touch with other British people.
Obviously there are exceptions to this, as some are, or were, just addicted 😉

Source: www.immi.gov.au – Overseas Arrivals and Departures tables

See also: australia-permanent-arrivals-and-departures

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