Overseas migration rebounding post-COVID

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Overseas migrants are starting to return to Australia as international border closures are softened, with the impact revealed in the latest population figures.

Australia's population grew by 0.9 per cent in the 12 months to March, with almost 240,000 people added.

Of those, 110,000 people came as a result of overseas migration, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has confirmed.

"After two years of mostly low or no population growth, overseas migration is again a significant contributor to Australia's population increase," ABS demography director Beidar Cho said.

While there has been a turn around in net overseas migration, numbers are still less than half of what they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, which ranged between a net increase of 238,000 and 260,000.

However, this year's overseas migration is a big step up from the net decrease of 94,300 in the year to March 2021.

The bureau said the strength in migration numbers came from a large increase in migrant arrivals, up 183 per cent on the previous year, while migrant departures were up slightly by 1.5 per cent.

As of March, the national population now stands at 25.9 million people.

In the 12-month period, the country had 309,300 births and 179,100 deaths, with the natural population increase down 4.6 per cent from the previous year.