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Emigrating from Australia


Emigrating from Australia – Facts and Consequences

Australia has been always known as a country that attracts immigrants from all over the world. Immigrants find English speaking countries such as the USA, UK, Canada and Australia easier to integrate in to, in comparison to other countries in Europe.

An interesting phenomenon that has taken place over the last ten years is the increasing number of Australians that emigrate from Australia to other countries permanently. The emigrating population increased by 110% in a decade, from 20 234 in the year 2000 to 42 570 in 2010.

Number of Australian Emigrants

The amount of people emigrating from Australia has greatly increased in the last decade.

According to data, in the fiscal year 2009-2010, 46.3 per cent of Australian-born people emigrated to English speaking countries (United Kingdom, USA, and New-Zealand). Other destinations, which are commonly career-related emigration, were Singapore (9.1%), UAE (6.3 per cent) and Hong Kong (5.1 per cent).

The most popular destinations for emigrating from Australia are the USA, UK and NZ.

Undoubtedly, permanent departure has negative effects on the economy. Emigration of born residents leads to loss of highly skilled professionals and workers, which were a product of Australian schooling, training and other services that required social investment. Besides the loss of past investment, departure of skilled workers also has negative repercussions over future economic development.

On the other hand, emigration from Australia also has great positive effects on the economy. Citizens who immigrate back to Australia hold great value: additional expertise that was acquired abroad, business networks from other parts of the world, new business models and ideas from abroad and etc. These characteristics of returning citizens enriching the industry, commerce and labor market.  

In Australia, The demand of skilled labor force is replaced by immigration of other skilled foreign workers to Australia. The Australian government policy encourages the migration of skilled workers under the General Skilled Migration Program (GSM). For the years 2009-2010, 44 per cent of migration to Australia of foreigners accounts for participants of the GSM. Immigrants from India lead the numbers of this program for the year 2009-2010 and stands for 17.2 per cent of the total GSM immigrants. This is followed closely by immigrants from the UK (16.9 per cent), China (13 per cent), South Africa (9.32 per cent) and Sri Lanka (5.25 per cent).

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