Australian Unemployment for New Migrants


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Unemployment rates for New Migrants in Australia.

Figures for 2016 showed that an average of about 5.6% of Australian born people were unemployed during 2016.

This is much lower than the rate for new migrants to Australia, either skilled visa holder, or a partner visa etc., in the family stream visa group.

During the first two years in Australia, the average unemployment rate for new immigrants was

21.3% for those on skilled visas
32.8% for those on a family stream visa.

It became better after 2 years, with unemployment rates of


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8.7% for those on skilled visas
14.7% for those on a family stream visa.

With 4 years experience in Australia, the unemployment rates were

6.8% for those on skilled visas
10.7% for those on a family stream visa.

With 6 years experience in Australia, the unemployment rates were

6.4% for those on skilled visas
9.1% for those on a family stream visa.

With 8 years experience in Australia, the unemployment rates were

5.6% for those on skilled visas
8.1% for those on a family stream visa.

It took 8 years before the unemployment rate for new residents with skilled visas, and those born in Australia, to reach an equal unemployment rate of 5.6%.

Unfortunately, those in the Family stream, even after 16 years residence are still higher at 6.7%

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The information we give is based on personal experiences, reading and formulation of available statistics.
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