Did you migrate to Australia? From where? 31



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More than 7 million people have come to Australia as new settlers since 1945, chiefly triggered by a large scale immigration program at the end of World War II.  Agreements were reached with Britain, some European countries and with the International Refugee Organization to encourage immigration, including people displaced by the war in Europe.

The highest number of settlers to arrive in Australia in any one year since World War II was 185,099 in 1969–70. The lowest number in any one year was 52,752 in 1975–76. Approximately 1.6 million migrants arrived between October 1945 and 30 June 1960, about 1.3 million in the 1960s, about 960,000 in the 1970s, about 1.1 million in the 1980s, over 900,000 in the 1990s, about 1.8 million in the 2000s, and nearly 1 million since the year 2010.

Australia’s migrant population has historically been largely from a European background, with the largest source now being Asian migrants.

Net overseas migration increased from 30,042 in 1992–93 to 212,700 persons in 2013–14. The largest components of immigration are the skilled migration and family re-union programs. In recent years the mandatory detention of unauthorised arrivals by boat has generated great levels of controversy. However, a 2014 sociological study concluded that: “Australia and Canada are the most receptive to immigration among western nations”.

The 2011 Census reported that over one in four of Australia’s 22 million people were born overseas. For the decade up to 2013, most migrants were born in New Zealand (14.3 per cent), India (13.1 per cent), the United Kingdom (12.7 per cent), China (11.4 per cent) and the Philippines (4.4 per cent).

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  1. I was born in Germany in 1949. In 1953 my mother married an Occupation Force Pommy and we moved to England, and became British Citizens. The family migrated to Australia as 10 pound Poms in 1959.

  2. came from uk in1966,wife and 2 sons.We then had 2 daughters,lived in Perth,happy days,hard work good mates.returned to uk 1976 due to elderly parents needs.Our eldest daughter returned with her family in2004,settled in Geraldton,we have been visiting every year but the journey is getting to much now.We applied for residents permit in 2004,but despite having worked for the state govt and being independant finance wise we were refused.

  3. In 1968, my husband Merv & l were married on the 16 th of march and came to Aus on the 19th from southern NZ, and are still here. Aus has been good to us for 48 years,

  4. We came to Australia July 72 with our 13 months baby. From Wath on Dearn South Yorkshire
    We came to Brisbane staying at the Wacol hostel for 3 months. No regrets love Australia proud to call it home

  5. Came to Australia on 10th May , 1968 flight QF531 , i was twenty and my wife was seventeen , . we were three weeks married , I was from Darfield and she was from Wombwell , South Yorkshire , ,landed here with ninety quid and two suitcases , best move we both ever made ,

  6. Mum and 2 sisters on the SS Fairsky, docked in Fremantle on New Years Day 1963, stayed on the ship to Sydney about two weeks later, then the train to Brisbane where mum had a sister. I was 15, and had grown up in Chelsea in London; travelled all over the country since.

  7. Came to Australia Setember 25th 1965 my family consisted of my mother and father and my older brother Chris” Stayed a week at the old Point Walter hostel then moved to. swanbourne Western Australia I was 12 went to Swanbourne high school and then worked at WA Newspapers I was the only one to become an Aussie in 1983 after a return trip to England figured that the country that afforded you its protection would want me as a citizen. So I think of myself as an aussified Pom….all of my family have passed away.

  8. My parents, my two sisters, and I emigrated from the UK in 1947, departing Southampton for Fremantle aboard the TSS Asturias. I was 7, and my sisters 5 and 3. we have all lived in Australia since, and we are now all Australian citizens. Australia really is the “lucky country” and has been good to us.

  9. I came from Liverpool UK in 1970 with my wife and son, it was the best thing I ever did. We shipped on the Australis a Greek manned ship and had a great time on the journey. I have lived in every state in Australia during my time here and I am now settled in Dubbo NSW.

  10. My parents and I came from Warwickshire, UK in February 1958 on board the Orsova. We have lived in various places in NSW from Wollongong to the North of Sydney. Couldn’t live anywhere else.

  11. came from Cleckheaton West Yorkshire in 1959 age 12 as a ten quid migrant with mum and dad am now 69 love the place and have never left

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