In June 2013, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) issued its International Migration Outlook report for 2013. The report contains summaries of changes in immigration in the 34 member countries of the OECD including Australia.
Australia accepted 219,500 permanent migrants in 2011/12. The majority of these came under the Australian government's skill stream. This stream is reserved for workers and their families. Only 56,200 actual work visas were granted but this amounts to 25.6% of the total, compared to only 6.1% in the US in 2011.
The main source countries for new permanent residents in Australia under the Australian migration programme in 2011/12 were India (29,000) and China (25,500). The OECD reports that seven of the top ten countries of origin for new residents in 2011/12 are in Asia which may reflect Australia's decision to focus on its regional relationships in the coming century.
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