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Sydney and Melbourne are home to more than half of the permanent migrants who came to Australia in the last 20 years, stirring fears the nation's bigg

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Sydney and Melbourne are home to more than half of the permanent migrants who came to Australia in the last 20 years, stirring fears the nation’s biggest cities will be under more strain as the country’s intake surges to record levels.

Treasury officials are reportedly planning for Australia’s migration levels during this financial year to hit 350,000, up from an already at a 15-year high. 

Combined with estimates for next year, this means a total of 1.2 million extra people will be living in Australia in June 2024 compared to five years earlier.

The floodgates are being opened to skilled migrants, international students and those coming for family or humanitarian reasons, even though Sydney and Melbourne have ultra-low one per cent rental vacancy rates.

Australia’s two biggest cities settled 56 per cent of new migrants between 2000 and 2021. 

Sydney became home to 29.3 per cent of new migrants, compared with Melbourne’s 26.6 per cent share, the Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed.

Perth took 12.1 per cent of migrants, compared with Brisbane’s 9.7 per cent and Adelaide’s 5.6 per cent share.

Regional Queensland, which includes the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, took in 5.8 per cent of those new migrants.

Sydney (a queue for a rental viewing in the city is pictured) and Melbourne are home to more than half of Australia's new permanent migrants - stirring fears the nation's biggest cities will be under more strain as the intake surges to 650,000 in the next two years

Sydney (a queue for a rental viewing in the city is pictured) and Melbourne are home to more than half of Australia's new permanent migrants - stirring fears the nation's biggest cities will be under more strain as the intake surges to 650,000 in the next two years

Sydney (a queue for a rental viewing in the city is pictured) and Melbourne are home to more than half of Australia’s new permanent migrants – stirring fears the nation’s biggest cities will be under more strain as the intake surges to 650,000 in the next two years

SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said surging immigration would make it even harder for renters to find accommodation, with weekly rents in Sydney soaring by 25 per cent during the past year compared with 22 per cent in Melbourne (pictured a tram queue in Sydney)

SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said surging immigration would make it even harder for renters to find accommodation, with weekly rents in Sydney soaring by 25 per cent during the past year compared with 22 per cent in Melbourne (pictured a tram queue in Sydney)

 ‘We still remain very concerned for the situation in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane where most international arrivals first land,’ SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said (pictured, a tram queue in Sydney)

SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said surging immigration would make it even harder for renters to find accommodation, with weekly rents in Sydney soaring by 25 per cent during the past year compared with 22 per cent in Melbourne.

‘We still remain very concerned for the situation in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane where most international arrivals first land,’ he said.

‘The surge in net overseas longer term and permanent arrivals relative to new residential property supply is ensuring extremely tight rental conditions remain with our two largest capital cities.’

Australia’s rental crisis is so critical that some families are being forced to live in tents because there is a severe shortage of long-term accommodation. 

Kailaeb Vescio-Stanley, who has been sleeping in a Brisbane park with his dad for more than two weeks, told Sunrise host David Koch about the impact it was having on his life.

‘I see a lot of people doing it rough, and the majority of the people I see doing it rough in parks are actually teenagers,’ he explained.

Kailaeb Vescio-Stanley, who has been sleeping in a Brisbane park with his dad for more than two weeks, told Sunrise host David Koch the area was full of homeless teenagers

Kailaeb Vescio-Stanley, who has been sleeping in a Brisbane park with his dad for more than two weeks, told Sunrise host David Koch the area was full of homeless teenagers

Kailaeb Vescio-Stanley, who has been sleeping in a Brisbane park with his dad for more than two weeks, told Sunrise host David Koch the area was full of homeless teenagers

'Labor's record high immigration is literally forcing Australian families to live on the streets – and winter is coming,' Pauline Hanson said (pictured, PM Anthony Albanese on Wednesday)

'Labor's record high immigration is literally forcing Australian families to live on the streets – and winter is coming,' Pauline Hanson said (pictured, PM Anthony Albanese on Wednesday)

‘Labor’s record high immigration is literally forcing Australian families to live on the streets – and winter is coming,’ Pauline Hanson said (pictured, PM Anthony Albanese on Wednesday)

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson was so fed up she tweeted her disgust at plans to see net overseas migration double from 300,000 to 650,000 – which is the amount coming during 2022-23 and 2023-24 combined.

‘Labor’s record high immigration is literally forcing Australian families to live on the streets – and winter is coming,’ she said.

‘We have an unprecedented housing and rental crisis. We don’t have enough homes for everyone in Australia.

‘Australia is in serious trouble.’ 

Brisbane’s rental vacancy rate stands at just 0.8 per cent, SQM Research data showed.

The problem is widespread with Sydney having a rental vacancy rate of just 1.3 per cent compared with 1.1 per cent in Melbourne, 0.4 per cent in Perth and 0.5 per cent in Adelaide.

Treasury’s forecast of 650,000 new migrants, covering 2022-23 and 2023-24, as reported in The Australian, is a big jump. 

Australia’s net annual immigration in the year up to September 2022 stood at 303,700 people – a 15-year high – taking the overall population above 26.1 million.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson was so fed up she tweeted her disgust at plans to see net overseas migration, after departures, rocket

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson was so fed up she tweeted her disgust at plans to see net overseas migration, after departures, rocket

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson was so fed up she tweeted her disgust at plans to see net overseas migration, after departures, rocket

This was the biggest overseas increase since late 2008, and includes skilled migrants, family reunions and international students.

The number of immigrants was also significantly higher than the October budget forecast of 180,000 for 2022-23, and the 235,000 level projected for 2024-25.

The immigration surge is also coinciding with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese facing obstacles to his plan to build 30,000 homes under its Housing Future Fund.

Labor’s plan to build new social and affordable homes during the next five years has met opposition from the Greens, whose support the government needs in the Senate to get the legislation passed. 

A bill to establish the $10billion fund is being put to a parliamentary vote this week but Brisbane-based Greens MP Max Chandler-Mather, who holds the minor party’s housing portfolio, is opposed to the program investing money in shares.

‘Our point is for the millions of people in this country who need an affordable home, for the hundreds of thousands on the wait list for social housing; their lives shouldn’t be dependent on whether or not a gamble on the stock market goes well – imagine doing that for schools or hospitals?’

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