Indians are now the largest migrant group making Australia their home, figures released yesterday by Immigration Minister Chris Bowen show.
Eclipsing China and Britain; in 2011-12 permanent migration from India reached 29,018 - 15.7 per cent of the total number of people in Australia's Migrant Programme. In 2010-11, China was Australia's number one source of permanent migrants with 29,547 visas. The year before was Britain, with 25,738 migrants. Britain had until then held the top spot since current records began.
Director of the Australia India Institute Professor Amitabh Mattoo says that there are a multitude of reasons why so many Indian people call Australia home; including shared values and language, and the fact that Australia is a "fantastic country, with great natural resources, a great work environment, and great infrastructure".