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Historical Migration Statistics

Historical Migration Statistics brings together migration statistics from 1945 through to the present day. Material from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on population has also been included to provide a more complete picture.

In interpreting these statistics it should be noted that the classification of regions and country names has changed over time and that the way migration statistics are reported has also changed. From October 1945 to June 1959, migration statistics included permanent and long-term arrivals. Today, we have various components - the Migration Program, Humanitarian Program and Non-Program migration (mainly New Zealand citizens) that are together reported as permanent additions to Australia's resident population.
See: Historical Migration Statistics (458KB xls)

Last reviewed Wednesday 27 August 2014