Migration Trends


Look carefully at the Table below showing migration trends in Australia for skilled labour. The effects of the global recession on migration and employment is variable according to the skills and origins of the workers. What does the the information in the Table below tell you about the nature of skilled migration coming to Australia?

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Employed Full-time
Employed Part-time
Total employed
Unemployment rate (%)
All of Australia
5,555,100
2,365,200
7,920,300
5.3
12-month change
- 22,000
+ 74,500
+ 52,400
+ 1.1
Immigrants




Main English-speaking countries
832,700
302,400
1,135,100
5.4
12-month change
- 15,300
+ 3,800
- 11,600
+ 2.1
Non-main English-speaking countries
1,202,300
524,000
1,726,300
8.4
12-month change
- 21,800
+ 17,800
- 4,000
+ 3.0
New Zealand
236,700
67,400
304,100
7.0
12-month change
- 11,000
-9,800
- 20,800
+ 2.8
India
113,400
55,300
168,700
8.8
12-month change
19,500
18,500
38,000
+ 2.9