Thursday, August 7, 2014

Arrivals older and more feminine

The news will all be all about the latest unemployment numbers but the ABS today also released short term arrivals and departures for June. This month also included a Feature Article: International Movements:
In the year ended June 2014, there were 32.6 million crossings of Australia's international borders (original series). This represents 1.4 crossings per person in the Australian population. Ten years ago (2003-04) there were 18.6 million border crossings, representing 0.9 crossings per person in the Australian population. The majority of movements in 2013-14 were short-term (96.5%). Short-term movements have an intended duration of stay in Australia, or absence from Australia, of less than one year.
As we know the trend over the past decade has been dominated by residents departing with their appreciating $AUD:

 Short term arrivals on our shores girt by sea have also become more feminine in the past ten years:
An equal proportion of males and females arrived in Australia for short-term stays in the year ended June 2014. Previously, more males than females arrived for short-term stays. The short-term visitor arrival sex ratio (the number of male arrivals per 100 female arrivals) was 107 males in 2003-04 and 100 males in 2013-14. The highest sex ratios were recorded in the 40-44 years age group in both 2003-04 (153 males) and in 2013-14 (126 males). The lowest sex ratio was recorded in the 20-24 years age group in 2003-04 (75 males). In 2013-14 it was also in the 20-24 years age group (80 males per 100 female arrivals).
My presumption would be that the 40-44 years age group there is skewed by business travellers but not sure why the 20-24 age group should be so significantly female? Arrivals are also growing older with the proportion over 60 increasing from 13.1% to 17.8%.

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