…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Officially, there are 310,7o4 Chinese residents in Australia, from People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Republic of China, which Australian Bureau of Statistic, bending over backward, calls Taiwan Province. More than 200,000 came directly from Communist China. “Undocumented” Chinese residents are estimated to number between 50,000 and 100,000, so the total could be in the vicinity of 400,000. If only a half of them was in uniform, it would be called an invasion.
According to the Department of Immigration, 29,547 Chinese arrived last year, making up 17.5 per cent of the total migration program.
The resources boom means an extra 40,000 workers will be needed in Queensland in the next decade, with little likelihood that will be filled by the local workforce. – – -
Despite the mining boom and its huge demand for skilled workers, the department said the top three industries for primary visa grants last year were health care and social assistance (13 per cent), other services (12.4 per cent) and construction (12.3 per cent). – –
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said the state needed to be conscious of the timelines and constraints in planning for major resource projects, driven by competition to supply global demand. “If Queensland doesn’t find the right people with the right training to make the most of these opportunities, then they will pass us by,” he said. [The Courier-Mail : Migrants from China surpass British /01-05-12]