travel to vs. arrive at

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #151 [color=blue]“Traveling Downunder: How can I immigrate to Australia?”, question 5

There has been a sharp increase in the number of boat people to Australia in the past ten years.

(a) arriving
(b) traveling
© departing
(d) transiting

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #151 [color=blue]“Traveling Downunder: How can I immigrate to Australia?”, answer 5

There has been a sharp increase in the number of boat people traveling to Australia in the past ten years.

Correct answer: (b) traveling

Your answer was: [color=red]incorrect
There has been a sharp increase in the number of boat people arriving to Australia in the past ten years.
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Can we use arrive also??? Or arrive just used with prep. at???
Thank you

Hi

No, ‘arrive’ is not appropriate in combination with the preposition ‘to’ in the sentence.
In this particular sentence, the preposition ‘in’ would work better than ‘at’ in combination with the verb ‘arrive’.
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