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Refugee compared to skilled migrant intake

Nov 18, 2014

Q. And which of the following is true?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Australia takes in more refugees than skilled migrants

31%

34%

35%

10%

36%

Australia takes in about the same number of refugees and skilled migrants

12%

10%

15%

13%

10%

Australia takes in more skilled migrants than refugees

25%

28%

22%

35%

27%

Don’t know

32%

28%

28%

43%

26%

31% think that Australia takes in more refugees than skilled migrants and 25% think that Australia takes in more skilled migrants than refugees – while 12% think we take about the same number of each. 32% could not give an answer.

There were not major differences across demographics.  Greens voters (35%) and university educated (33%) were more likely to think we take in more skilled migrants.

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