British are the largest Immigrant Group in Australia

04 September 2009


The British are the largest Immigrant Group in Australia and Australia remains the most popular emigration destination for Brits. These are just some of the reasons why Britons emigrate to Australia:

It is possible to emigrate to Australia in a wide range of occupations. Skilled British tradespeople and professionals can frequently come under the general skilled migration category.

2008 saw the highest level of immigration to Australia's since the late 1960s; According to official Government statistics out of the 149,365 permanent migrants 23,236 came from Britain.

Overall a total of 395,000 people from the UK left the country during 2008 emigrating to countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Spain and France. This represents a 24 per cent increase compared to the 318,000 people who left in 2007. It is said that one in twelve Britons now live abroad.

According to the 2006 Australian census almost five million people were born outside Australia. This represents almost 24% of the total Australian resident population.

Occupations in the current Migration Occupations in demand list include Accountants, Architects, IT Professional, Healthcare professionals, Chefs and many Tradespeople occupations.

It is expected that the number of Brits leaving for Australia will continue to grow in future. With this news report we are including a listing by Country of birth for the Australian resident population:

Country of Birth
Estimated Resident Population
United Kingdom1,153,264
New Zealand476,719
China279,447
Italy220,469
Vietnam180,352
India153,579
Philippines135,619
Greece125,849
Macedonia120,649
South Africa118,816
Germany114,921
Malaysia103,947
Netherlands86,950
Lebanon86,599
Sri Lanka70,908
Serbia and Montenegro 68,879
Indonesia67,952
United States64,832
Poland59,221
Fiji58,815
Ireland57,338
Croatia56,540
Bosnia-Herzegovina48,762

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