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    This is in todays news:


    For the video link: http://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/lifestyle/article/-/20918113/english-invasion/


    [h=1]English invasion[/h]

    January 21, 2014, 6:30 pm Helen Wellings Today Tonight

    Why the British are about to invade our shores in droves, and what it means for your job, house prices and quality of life.



    Australia's popularity stakes are at an all-time high, especially with UK residents who are migrating here in droves.

    Former BBC journalist Andrea Maltman wants to stay forever.


    “People view Australia as the land of milk and honey,” said Andrea.


    “London is a great city, but it is getting more expensive and people find it difficult to afford accommodation.”



    Australians should expect 290,000 UK citizens over the next decade, around 30,000 a year – the largest number since the 1970s, and more than double their arrivals in the 90s.

    Just last year, 190,000 immigrants from 200 countries settled in Australia, mainly from the UK, New Zealand, China, India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Vietnam and Korea.


    Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide Professor Graeme Hugo said Australians and former migrants are leaving to live permanently in other countries, at the rate of almost 100,000 a year.

    But, we're taking in twice that number.

    “Australia has a very good international reputation in terms of lifestyle, in terms of security,” said Professor Hugo.


    “Our economy has been much stronger than many other countries, but also [because of] the increasing fear in Europe of the GFC, people are worried about the security of their work.”



    Australia is a country built on immigration specifically to boost our labour market.

    Since the turn of the century, Indians and Chinese came for our booming gold rush economy.

    In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, 1.4 million UK citizens settled here, with a spike of Italians and Vietnamese in the 1980s.


    But, with increasing numbers of British and other immigrants coming here, what sort of impact will that have on Australians?



    “Migrants coming in – to some extent – do help the economy because they often and increasingly fill gaps in our labour market,” said Professor Hugo.

    “Particularly skilled gaps, so it's incorrect to suggest that there's a direct competition between migrants and non-migrants.

    “All of them have to be housed and that does create pressure on the housing department, and I don't think we know enough about their impact on the housing market.”



    As for UK-born Andrea, she says Australia has to protect its own residents first.

    “But what makes countries rich is when you accept talent from outside.”

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    Guest BurgessFamily

    Immigration is a major part of the Australian economy. The more people that migrate, bringing huge sums of money and buying houses etc... has a real impact. It's more significant than ever with the loss of many manufacturing jobs, mining taking a breather, and 1000s of Qantas jobs being offshored. Also the fact that 1-in-5 Australians are on some kind of income support, we need the boost. :)

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    Guest Guest75

    Interesting article.


    I had the feeling that less and less were making the move due to the exchange rate falling and less visas on offer????


    I do feel our economy here has not suffered as badly as other countries - but it's still there............

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    There's a similar thread on here with an article from the Sunday Mail. It's interesting - in the vaguest sense - why two such august bodies as TT and the SM (ahem!) chose to spin this in this way.


    That forecast, which neither article properly sources meaning it's difficult to fact check, seems to be one of three produced by the ABS for the DIPB. As per its normal methods when forecasting, the ABS produces a high, medium and low estimate. Of course, the one reported by these two 'news' outlets is the high and by its nature a less likely figure. If the medium figure is used (which the ABS itself states is the most likely one) then figures from the UK don't show any increase from the last decade and aren't as high as some previous decades. The long-term trend for Brits coming here is actually downwards, not upwards. If the low figure is used, then very few Brits are on their way here. Suddenly, there's not much of a story here.


    Both these articles refer to an English or British invasion, yet for the first time in modern history migrants from some other countries outnumber British arrivals. No mention of an Indian invasion, a Chinese invasion, or a New Zealand invasion even though more of each of these nationalities have arrived here so far this decade than Brits, and arrivals from these countries, by this same forecast, will continue to outnumber Brits for the rest of this decade. So, I wonder why they chose to focus on the British? (It's a rhetorical question.)


    For an SA-based newspaper like the SM, surely the real story is why did less than 5% of new arrivals to Australia last year choose SA as a place to live, given that this state tries so hard to attract people?

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