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First Fleet arrives
Federation - January 1, 1901
Assisted Migration Schemes
Department of Immigration formed
The first Displaced Persons arrive to Australia
Migration agreements formed with Austria, Belgium, West Germany, Greece and Spain.
Migration agreements formed with the Netherlands and Italy.
Migration agreements formed with the United States, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Non-European residents allowed to apply for citizenship.
Dictation Test from the Immigration Restriction Act is abolished.
Australia enters into its first migration agreement with a non-European country (Turkey).
Australia's immigration policy is changed.
Permanent residency is granted to non-European migrants for business reasons, and those who have lived in Australia for 15 years.
The second wave of asylum seekers.
The third wave of asylum seekers begins to arrive.
Immigration accounts for just over half of the overall growth in Australia's population.
Outlying parts of Australia, such as Christmas Island, are excised from the migration zone.
The biggest surge of 5,000 refugees to arrive in Australia by boat in a decade.
The Australian mainland is excised from the official migration zone.
The Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme is established.
Bathurst gold rush
80,000 convicts arrive from Britain, Ireland and other British colonies.
'White Australia' policy
World War I
17,000 ex-servicemen arrive to Australia on a free passage.
Pacific Island Migrants
World War II
'Populate or perish'
The first wave of asylum seekers.
Australia sees a 40% increase in new immigrants
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