May migration numbers slightly down from April, latest ABS figures show
India continues to hold the number one spot, with China second and the Philippines third.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released its migration figures for the month of May 2017, showing a total of 10,460 arrivals.
Migration statistics at a glance
- India remained the largest source of migrants to Australia with 2,210 people arriving in May.
- China continued to hold second place with 1,370, just ten people fewer than in April.
- The Philippines was the third largest source, with 640, moving up from fourth in the previous month.
While the numbers and positions of the top ten countries driving Australian migration have changed, the specific countries on the list remain the same.
Are recent changes to the 457 visa to blame for declining migration?
Migration numbers have been down for several months now. While the decline is small, it's possible that this decline is a follow-on from the Australian government's sweeping changes to the 457 work visa program in April. Prospective skilled workers hoping to migrate to Australia now face tighter restrictions and a narrower list of eligible occupations.
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