Over the last decade, more and more of Australia's immigration intake has come from non- English speaking background (NESB) countries. Whereas in 1981 50 per cent of the overall intake was from NESB countries, by 1990-91 this figure had reached 63 per cent. As a consequence, in the skilled categories there has also been a proportionate increase in the immigrants arriving from non-English speaking background (NESB) countries. In 1990-91, for example, 78 per cent of professionals and 53 per cent of tradespeople came from NESB countries. Asian countries have featured particularly in recent years. In 1990-91,61 per cent of the permanent settler professional intake was from Asia.