About Migrating to Australia for economic reasons - jobs
Important : Disclaimer
Australia is one of the world's top tourist and migration destinations. People must like the place, because every nationality and ethnic group on Earth lives there.
You can walk down any Sydney street and find food from all over the world, clothes from the Middle East or Africa, Europe or Asia, and not even have to cross the road, in some places. Melbourne is the biggest Greek city in the world, outside Athens. The two oldest overseas Chinese communities in the world are on America's West Coast and in Australia. The Spring Roll was actually invented in Melbourne.
After the war, the first wave of European settlers arrived, and the population nearly doubled by the late 1960s. Since then the country has opened its doors and the so-called Little Australia has been replaced by the modern nation.
It's quite unlike any other place on Earth. The plants and animals are unique, and the climate ranges from tropical in the north to desert in the Red Center to the Tasmanian environment, near Antarctic.
Australia is one of the richest countries in the world, and with that affluence has come a lifestyle to match, for most people. The vast majority of the population lives in the big cities, and is rarely more than an hour's drive from the beach, or the amenities of big modern cities.
It's a basically middle class, suburban, Western country, with a true and hugely diverse multicultural mix. The cultures are generally preserved, within the Australian idiom and way of life. There's no real social friction between groups, and it's an unwritten rule that things should stay that way.
Also unlike the rest of the world is the economy, which is riding a big mining boom. Australia's biggest export customers are China, the United States and Japan, and that sort of production has fueled a massive increase in capital earnings.
The country's main exports are minerals and food, with a steadily increasing growth in financial services, investment, education, technology and science following on the success of the mining and agricultural sectors. (Even despite the recent big drought (2007), Australia remains one of the world's biggest food producers and exporters.)
With that has come a massive demand for skilled workers. Australia only has 21 million people, and the huge growth in production and economic activity has actually created a labor shortage.
(Ironically one of Australia's less well known exports is its home-grown workforce. Over a million Australians work overseas, about 10% of the national workforce. They're usually highly qualified people, doing high paying jobs. That's one of the other reasons for the demand for skilled workers.)
The demand for workers is good news for intending migrants, because both the Federal and State governments are actively trying to attract workers. That's produced a steady increase in business migration, too, as they also try to get investment capital and new businesses starting up around the country.
As a place to do business, Australia has some very strong points in its favor. Being an English speaking nation, it has natural affinities with the US and Canada. As a close neighbor to Asia, there are regional ties to India, China, and Japan, two emerging economic superpowers and one established economic giant. Ties to Europe are many, in some cases generational, and European corporate presence is also strong.
Neighboring New Zealand is an economic pocket dynamo. In terms of business, New Zealand is an asset to the region, and particularly Australia.
New Zealand is expanding rapidly in its own right. The Land of the Long White Cloud is an excellent trading partner, generating business for Australia and having a special economic and trade status as well as a long-standing relationship with Australia in times of war.
Australia is perhaps the only nation on Earth which has an actual tradition of having to try to keep up with its own economic growth.
Since Federation in 1901, the country has had 5 million square kilometers to work with, and at that time it had a population of 0.6 people per square kilometer to do it with. The current population of the whole country is roughly the same as the population of New York.
So this demand for people is nothing new. However, now it's being handled more systematically, and the Department of Immigration has been able to develop a series of streams for migrants, based on reliable economic policies giving a good picture of demand. That's also good news for migrants, because in some professions there's literally a job waiting for you.
If you're a skilled worker or a business person, your chances of migration to Australia are really pretty good. In the next chapter, we'll give you some basic pointers about how to approach your migration, and how to research your area of interest. At this point, what you should know is that your skills will find plenty of work in Australia.
Your family can come, too. Come and have a look!