Australia’s immigration rate has dropped by 10 per cent due to more visa refusals and a crackdown on fraudulent claims.
A report by the Home Affairs Department revealed the number of people coming to Australia fell by 21,000 people in 2017-18.
The total intake of migrants into the country dropped from 183,608 to 162,417 in one year, figures provided to Daily Mail Australia reveal.
Australia’s immigration rate has dropped by 10 per cent due to more visa refusals and a crackdown on fraudulent claims (stock photo)
The publication revealed 46 per cent more visas were refused and 17 per cent more were withdrawn because of tougher scrutiny.
The news comes after it was revealed Australia’s population will rise to 36 million in 2046.
An Infrastructure Australia report released in March revealed Sydney and Melbourne are expected to become as populated as London and Hong Kong.
Melbourne is predicted to have 7.3 million in 2046, Sydney will grow to 7.4 million people and Brisbane and Perth’s population will double to four million.
The news comes after it was revealed Australia’s population will rise to 36 million in 2046
Demand for public transport is expected to increase by 55 per cent in Sydney and 121 per cent in Melbourne by 2046.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told the Today Show the Government has restored integrity to Australia’s borders.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton (pictured) said the Government has restored integrity to Australia’s border
‘The Government has had a real focus on making sure not only we restored integrity to our borders, but also to our permanent migration program,’ he said.
‘In the end we want our migration program to work in our country’s best interests,’ he said.
But Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese was critical of the Government’s detention of people on Manus Island and Nauru.
‘We’ve seen suicides, we’ve seen a range of mental health conditions being identified, and the Government has got that element of the policy wrong, he said.
‘And they need to find permanent settlement in third countries for those people.’
The figures showed visas in the family stream dropped from 56,220 to 47,732 in one year, while skilled migrants dropped from 123,567 to 111,099.
The drop in people coming into Australia was the largest single-year decrease since 2007.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Home Affairs Department for comment.
The figures showed visas in the family stream dropped from 56,220 to 47,732 in one year, while skilled migrants dropped from 123,567 to 111,099 (stock photo)