7 August 2018Hot off the Press
According to projections from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia’s population will reach 25 million tonight, with net migration continuing to increase faster than births.
Australia’s population currently increases at about one person every minute and 23 seconds, and the new record is expected to be set at about 11:00 pm.
Author and political commentator George Megalogenis said that the 25 millionth person will most likely be a young female Chinese student or skilled worker, based on immigration statistics.
“The two biggest migrant groups in Australia are Chinese and Indians since the turn of the 21st century,” he told The World. “So we’re getting an extraordinary number of Chinese and Indians from two countries that are actually rising.”
“Since about 2005, we’re receiving more people from overseas than have been added to our population through natural increase, so more migrants than babies.”
Net migration currently accounts for 62% of Australia’s population growth, while births only make up 38%. According to Mr Megalogenis, this hasn’t been seen since the gold rushes of the 1850s.
People born in China account for 15.8% of total arrivals, while international students are the largest group by visa category, with China being the most common country of birth.
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