Irish emigrants make up the biggest group behind those from Britain and India settling in Australia
Almost 6,000 Irish nationals were granted visas to Australia in the second half of last year – and the figures are continuing to rise steadily.
According to the latest Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) figures in Australia, Irish emigrants took over 10pc of the total grants placing them in third place just behind Britain and India.
The DIAC figures, from July to December 2012, show that the biggest flood of Irish people was into western Australia where 1,410 visas were granted.
This was followed by New South Wales with 1,010 visas granted and 590 in Victoria.