Australia is regarded as one of the world’s major ‘immigration nations’ (together with New Zealand, Canada and the USA). Over 7.5 million people have settled in Australia since 1945, when the first federal immigration portfolio was established, and Australia’s overseas-born resident population—estimated to be 28.2 percent of the population in June 2015—is considered high in comparison to most other OECD countries. Permanent migrants come to Australia under one of two programmes: the Migration Program for skilled and family migrants, or the Humanitarian Program for refugees and people in similar situations. Under these two programmes, the Australian government distributes spots, or quotas, for people who wantRead More →