Emigrating to Australia from the UK
Current Trends and Policies
Since 1947 and the Ten Pounds POMS scheme the UK has always provided the lions share of migrants for Australia each year. Since 2012 that trend has changed for the first time as Immigration data shows China and Asia are now providing more investors and skilled immigrants than the UK. We look in detail at those figures and how people are still emigrating to Australia from the UK.
Over 600 people a day emigrate to Australia from the UK according to the latest ONS govt. figures to various destinations. Australia remains a firm favourite and the numbers speak for themselves when you see that 5% of the resident population of Australia are from the UK. People from the UK accounts for the highest percentage of migrants per year into Australia by a long way.
UK Immigrants helps grow the Australian population
This is an incredibly small number which leads to the inevitable opportunities a thriving and growing country has to offer. While the UK is overcrowded with a population of 61 million people living in 245 km sq or 249 people per km sq compared to Australia with 7,690,000 km sq allowing only 2.5 people per km sq. Sorry about the numbers but they are as important as they are stark.
While most Australians like to live with 10 minutes drive to the beach and over 90% of them do that is not a problem with 36 735 km of coastline to choose from. A strange choice many Brits may think, but It is actually nice to live near the beach when you have miles of soft sand, warm water to swim in and on average 8 - 10 hours of sunshine every day. Unlike the UK where living near the beach inevitably means living in a rundown seaside town whose best days were over 100 years ago with those ramshackle old folks homes and flaking paint on window frames, battered by hurricane forced winds most of the year. Apart from those little differences, there is one other statistic to mention, the UK coastline is 21,500 km in length.
In short, Australia is growing, the economy is booming and everyone has the space to raise a family. In fact, Australia holds the record for the largest homes per capita in the world and why not when they have that much space around them. Many people prefer to build a new home on a plot they like rather than having to go to all the bother of buying a used home and decorating it again!
What UK migrants may find in Australia
During the 70's in the UK before the "I am alright Jack" and "It's all about the money" culture that exists today which is more prominent in the South of England but still present in the north and in Scotland, people were more of a community. Australia has retained that sense of community and togetherness. They do not have the power cuts, strikes or the terrible pollution the UK faced in the 1970's, but they do have a great deal of the attitude.
Their TV is terrible. That said, who cares about the TV if you have the sunshine and a healthy lifestyle?
This may be why the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development have rated Australia the best country in the world to live and work in. Now, that's as official as it gets folks.
Australian love to call a spade a spade or as they would say "Be bluntly, mate." and are never what a person from the UK would call PC, far from it. Yet, Australian women are very much respected and equal in the community and in the home. There is a clear social agenda in Australia that requires everyone to muck in together and not to act as though they have airs and graces. A case in point was in 2015 when the Australian Parliament passed a rule that MP's were not allowed to call each other "Mate" in Parliament. The rule lasted just one day. Not to mention one PM during an election prove how Australian he was by necking a pint in a record time! (He won by a landslide.)
Fun is a big part of life in Australia and people are not living to prove how much better they are than the next man, they are living together to support each other and enjoy life as a community. It was only recently that the comb-over was finally declared extinct in Australia, so times are a changing for the better.
Australian Education Verus the UK
While the UK use education as a political football and changing things every year or three the Australian system is rock solid leading to world-class educational results. There is a large emphasis on personal development of lifestyle choices, outdoor learning, sports and social responsibility. Australian education is rated way above the UK in figure provided by the OECD annually who compare international educational standards.
The divide is set to increase as now many UK nationals are unable to emigrate to Australia as they do not have the skills and qualifications required. This is because Australia has not raised the bar in what they expect from their teachers. While the UK has lowered theirs during the same period.
Colonial bias towards UK immigrants
Many claim Australia maintains a racist immigration policy that favours migrants from the UK, even though the latest figures do not support this argument it is one we want to explore, so you are aware of this school of thought.
It is claimed by Aljizzera in a recent report that the current Australian immigration policy is a continuation of a settler-colonial pattern of engagement in the international community that both countries employ.
Australia is a settler society which was founded on white supremacy and colonial expansionism. Hence, they are intrinsically concerned with maintaining dominance over Indigenous people and asserting state sovereignty against the incursion of people deemed "other".
It is the source of their present-day prosperity and informs the way they both act to protect their borders.
In March this year, Australian Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton told the media he wanted his department's refugee programme to prioritise white farmers facing a disadvantage in South Africa - a statement some saw as an echo of Australia's past "whites-only" immigration policies.
As Prime Minister Turnbull reiterated last month "... we decide, the Australian government decides, representing the Australian people, who comes to Australia." In this Turnbull echoed former Prime Minister John Howard's (1996-2007) election-winning slogan, "we will decide who comes into this country and the manner in which they come".
While the immigration policy of many sovereign nations has some basis in such rhetoric, it is a particular hallmark of settler colonial states like Australia which over-state the belonging of their settler founders. The Indigenous peoples of Australia had no such choice over the incursion of settlers when the nations were founded. As a postcolonial theorist and anthropologist Ghassan Hage wrote, this generates an approach to immigration that is best described as "the sensitivity of thieves".
But apart from rhetoric, Australia is also using colonial-era and colonial-like power relations to coerce poorer nations into serving their racist immigration policy.
|Country of birth|
% of Australian population
|UK, CIs & IOM(d)|
1 198 000
|(a) Estimates are preliminary. |
(b) Top 10 countries of birth excluding Australia.
(c) All population figures presented in this table are rounded. Estimates of the proportion of the Australian population are based on unrounded numbers.
(d) United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
(e) Excludes SARs and Taiwan.