A thriving economy and the need for skilled workers are just two of the needs that underlay Australia’s immigration policy. Considered as one of the leading immigration systems in the world for servings its country’s needs, the Australia government specifically targets workers from the UK, Ireland and other highly-regarded countries with its skilled visa programmes. Australia was previously deemed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as the best country in the world to live in, and it’s also consistently ranked as one of the top ten in the United Nation’s Human Development Index.
Here some of the reasons why many people choose Australia as their immigration destination:
Long Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants
Since the 1920s, Australia’s immigration program has been very accommodating to migrants. Visa options are ideal for couples and Australian migration agents actively assist interested couples from all over the world.
Friendly, Familiar, English Speaking Culture
Australians may have their unique accent and quirky local terms, however, all Australian speak and understand English. Hence, language is not a barrier.
Excellent Education System
Australia’s education system is also considered top-notch, having landed 8th place in worldwide rankings. The country has a varied selection of outstanding schools and universities. Primary and Secondary schools run by the government are free and education in these levels is compulsory.
Excellent Healthcare System
Australia’s healthcare system is considered one of the best in the world as it covers all citizens’ hospitalization and medical payments in public hospitals. This should be particularly helpful for couples who plan to have one or more children.
Pleasant Climate and Breathtaking Scenery
While it can get pretty hot down under, the climate in Australia stays relatively pleasant, with its warm summers and mild winters. Its climate greatly complements its many breathtaking sights, including beautiful beaches, charming countryside, amazing outback and rock formations. Urban areas are also attractive, open, clean and safe – perfect for growing families.
Peaceful Multicultural Society
Australia is made up of people from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures. Unlike other countries where boundaries and divisions are apparent, there is no class system in Australia. People are generally friendly and welcoming, and foster a sense of community.
Numerous Career Opportunities
Because of the country’s rapid economic growth, many industries are expanding, businesses are booming and more stellar career opportunities are made available for migrants.
Various Entertainment Options
It’s not hard to achieve a balanced lifestyle in Australia, as people are often laid back and have plenty of options for unwinding. From various international sporting events; to art shows and opera house performances; to world class dining and shopping, you’ll find it all in Australia.
Australia’s Immigration Policy – A continuous evolution!
“Immigration is a defining feature of Australia’s economic and social life,” the productivity commission argued in a 2016 report that found, on current projections, the country’s population would reach 40 million by the middle of the century.
“Australia’s immigration policy is its de facto population policy,” the productivity commission says.
In migration data analysis since 1996 several key trends emerge:
- A massive increase in Australia’s annual permanent migration intake – from 85,000 in 1996 to 208,000 last year.
- The emergence of India and China as the largest sources – by far – of migrants.
- The movement away from family migration to skilled migration targeting national workforce needs. In 1996, family migration was about two-thirds of the program, and skilled one-third. Those ratios are now reversed.
- A huge increase in temporary migration to Australia – through short-term work visas (the soon-to-be-replaced 457) and international students.
- The rise of “two-step migration”, where those on short-term visas (usually 457 or student visas) gain permanent residency.
- The emergence of migration, rather than natural increase (i.e. births) as the primary driver of population increase.
Migration is not just about those who arrive, but runs to national character: who is an Australian and who will become one.
The migration of the past 20 years has shaped the nature of today’s Australia. And today’s migration will create the Australia of the next generation.