October 8, 2017
Immigration and Australia
Australia accepted 226,200 permanent immigrants in 2015. Most immigrants came from India followed by China and the UK. Since the 1970s, Australia’s population has grown by 70%, almost entirely because of immigration. Over 28% of Australia’s current residents were born overseas compared to Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA. Provided you meet the criteria set out in law, Australia's Migration Programme does not discriminate based on race or religion, which means anyone from any country, can apply to migrate.
According to the Economic Survey of Australia in 2017 by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Australia’s economy has had a remarkable 25 consecutive years of output growth reflecting strong macroeconomic policies, structural reforms, a high gross domestic product per capita and the contribution of immigrants in Australia. Immigrants have provided labour for mining and manpower to build houses. Approximately 600,000 foreigners spent A$20 billion to attend Australian schools and universities in 2016, making education the country’s third-biggest export. And many graduates from Australian universities eventually take on local jobs and pay taxes.
In 2015, according to a poll by Gallup, an American-based research consultancy, Australia was the only Western country where 30% people thought immigration should rise compared to the 25% who believed immigration should fall. The immigrant-friendly nature of Australia is demonstrated annually on Harmony Day, March 21. Harmony Day celebrates cultural diversity and is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.
Immigrating to Australia gives individuals and families the chance to be a part of a multicultural land with breathtakingly beautiful scenery, numerous career opportunities, excellent education, healthcare, and security. Out of 188 countries, Australia measures at #2 in the United Nation’s Human Development Index (UN HDI, 2016) which signifies the excellent healthcare, education and standard of living in Australia.
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