Germans vote Australia best place to move to
28 June 2005, SYDNEY - Australians were congratulating themselves Tuesday after being voted best migration destination by people in four countries including Germany.
28 June 2005
SYDNEY - Australians were congratulating themselves Tuesday after being voted best migration destination by people in four countries including Germany.
17,000 respondents in 16 countries told pollsters that Down Under was one of the best places to be.
The Washington-based Pew Research Centre asked respondents the best migration destinations for young people.
Australia topped the ratings in four countries: Britain (31 per cent), Canada (18 per cent), the Netherlands (16 per cent) and Germany (11 per cent). Canada was voted best migration destination in the United States, France and China.
Only among Indians was the U.S. considered the best country to move to. But Australia, Canada, Britain and Germany were consistently put ahead of the United States.
The Pew Research Centre global opinion poll project was co-chaired by former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright and John Danforth, formerly U.S. senator and ambassador to the United Nations.
The results of the survey would come as no surprise to Mumbai-born Sourav Agarwal, who in 2002 opted not to join his Indian relatives in New Jersey in the U.S. but make a new life in Australia.
"Americans live to work. There's no time for leisure. In Australia the lifestyle's more easy going. It's better," the 25-year-old accountancy graduate said.
Each year around 80,000 people who qualify as skilled migrants arrive to make new lives in Australia. Another 12,000 arrive from troubled countries such as Sudan and Yemen under a humanitarian programme.
A survey published earlier this year by Flinders University found that those who took up permanent residency visas in the 12 months to August 2000 were overwhelmingly happy with their lives. Fewer than one in 100 thought they had made the wrong decision and only 3 per cent intended to leave.
"Very few reported wanting to return home because of reasons to do with Australia," the report concluded.
More than 60 per cent of new arrivals had jobs within 18 months and two-thirds had secured positions commensurate with their qualifications.
Respondents said that the warm climate, the multicultural population and the easygoing lifestyle were advantages. Common complaints were the lifestyle and the crime rate.
Since the end of World War II, more than 6 million settlers have come to Australia. Since the scrapping of the 'White Australia' policy in the 1970s, the immigration programme has not discriminated on the grounds of race, religion, colour or ethnicity.
While Britain continues to provide the most new faces, lots of nationalities are now reflected in the intake, with India and China the two fastest growing sources.
Balanced against the popularity of Australia as a place to move must be its role as a source of migrants for other countries. More than one in 20 Australians now live abroad, with Britain the most popular place for expatriates. They leave because of perceptions of better job opportunities and higher wages.
Subject: German news