5000 skilled Irish workers granted PR in Australia last year

(Last Updated On: September 7, 2014)

New figures from Australia’s Department of Immigration show that 4,784 Irish-born people became permanent residents of Australia from 2013 – 2014, the Irish Examiner reports. This includes nearly 1,650 Irish who were eligible to move to Australia with family members relocating for work.

The most popular professions among the permanent visa recipients included civil engineers, accountants, carpenters/joiners, electricians and registered nurses.

The total marks a modest increase from 2012 and a vast uptick from 2009 – 2010, when 3,000 Irish workers received permanent residency.

The report notes that Australia is the third-most popular country for Irish permanent migrants, after the UK and the US.

At the same time, it also notes that over 500 Irish-born permanent residents departed Australia in 2013, with half planning to return to Ireland.

The country granted 10,290 temporary work visas to Irish nationals in 2013, and 11,817 first-time working holiday visas – a 39% decrease from the 19,492 working holiday visas issues to the Irish in 2011.


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