Australia is a country based on immigration. For the country’s 22 million population, one in every four people are born overseas. This goes to show that Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. It is also one of the countries with the highest proportions of immigrants – a true testament that people from all walks of life have come to call Australia their home.
Large scale immigration in Australia occurred after the Second World War, when the country opened its doors to refugees for humanitarian purposes. The Land Down Under, with its vast land, also had a small population, forcing the government to create the “Populate or Perish” policy. Since then, over 7 million people from all over the world have settled in Australia, with Europeans being the biggest group of immigrants to stay in the country permanently.
In a recent report released by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship(www.immi.gov.au), data shows that Europeans are no longer the top group for the largest number of permanent migrants in Australia this year. According to the report released by Immigration minister Brendan O’Connor, India is now the leading source of permanent immigrants to the country. For the 2011-2012 year duration, a reported 29,018 Indians became permanent residents of Australia, with China coming in a close second at 25, 509. This data shows that Asia is now the leading source of Australian permanent migrants. Whereas, in 2010, the UK and New Zealand were the top sources. Data also shows that from the top 10 source countries for Australian permanent migrants, 7 of them are from Asian regions. It also shows that Mandarin has overtaken Italian as the second most used language in the homes of Australian residents, making it second to English.
With the government’s strong focus on skilled migration, it is no wonder why people from countries nearer to Australia are heading their way to the Land Down Under. Currently, the Australian government is offering a major migration scheme where young people from financially struggling countries can work in the country with the Holiday Working Visa. Though it has received major criticisms, the Immigration Department insists that foreign workers have proven to support the workforce in sectors such as mining, construction, agriculture, and tourism, where there are major skilled labor shortages.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that these foreign workers, either Holiday Working Visa or Temporary Working Visa holders are attracted to the job opportunities of the regional areas of Western Australia and Queensland. With the current mining boom, more and more migrants are heading their way to these regions for better career opportunities and lower costs of living. These jobs are also fueling these regions’ increase in population, leading to the overall economic development.
With the Australian government wanting to attract high quality foreign workers, and students, as well, they have recently made some revisions to the visa application processes that will make it easier for qualified visa applicants to be granted entry to the country. There’s the streamlined visa processing for student visas and the possible changes to the revisions of the 457 visa.
It’s also not just foreign workers who want to move to Australia. Celebrities like LMFAO’s Redfoo and American R&B singer-songwriter Jason Derulo have both expressed wanting to move to and live in Australia.This just goes to show that Australia is not only attracting people for the good economy, but also for the great way of living.
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About the Author:
Michael Ma was a migration agent in Move Migration, which is an immigration boutique specialist with migration agents based in Sydney, offering simple fee structures and exceptional services in all things about the Australian visa. They specialize in the Australian Partner Visa, Skilled Workers Visa, and many others.