Most new migrants to Australia continue to settle in Sydney and Melbourne

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Most new migrants to Australia continue to settle in Sydney and Melbourne.

As seen in the table below from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), net overseas migration far outpaced natural increase or net interstate migration in Australia’s largest cities in the 12 months to June 2017.

Source: ABS

“In Melbourne, net overseas migration was the major contributor to population growth, adding 80,000 people in 2016-17, or 64% of total population change” the ABS said.

“Natural increase contributed 29%, while net internal migration accounted for 7.3% of population growth.”

As a reminder, natural increase is simply births less deaths over a given period.

Net internal migration is the net gain or loss of population through the movement of people within Australia while net overseas migration measures the net gain or loss of population through immigration to and emigration from Australia.

In Sydney, the ABS said immigration was also responsible for much of the population increase seen last year.

“Net overseas migration was also the major contributor to Sydney’s population growth, at 84,700 people, although, unlike Melbourne, the Harbour City experienced a net internal migration loss of 18,100 people,” it said.

“[This means] more people left Sydney for other parts of Australia than arrived. Sydney lost most people to other parts of New South Wales and Melbourne.”

The ABS has much more here.

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