Is Australia on is way to be the best Country to live in

January 4, 2010                                                                                            Win a green card Subscribe in a reader


Earlier this month the UN ranked Australia as second in the World for quality of life. Norway is ranked number one at the moment. Australia could very well end up as number one for quality of life in next year’s report. In Australia over a period of a year life expectancy went up three months and income rose four percent.

The United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report 2009 for the period 2007/2008 covered the following in 182 Countries:

  1. Life Expectancy
  2. School Enrolments
  3. Income

The US went down one place to 13 and the UK stayed at number 21. Niger was the lowest followed by Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. Most of the top ten Countries in the report are in Europe:

  1. Norway
  2. Australia
  3. Iceland
  4. Canada
  5. Ireland
  6. The Netherlands
  7. Sweden
  8. France
  9. Switzerland
  10. Japan

According to the report “Most migration, internal and international, reaps gains in the form of higher incomes, better access to education and health and improved prospects for their children,”.

“Migrants boost economic output at little or no cost to locals. Indeed there may be broader positive effects,” it said.

“Migrants who are marginalised - due, for example, to temporary or irregular status or high levels of unemployment - may resort to antisocial or criminal behaviour, confirming the security fears of locals,” the report said.

Dr Klugman the author of the report had the following to say about migration “It’s not something to be feared or which is growing out of control."

Out of the fifty-two Countries surveyed attitudes towards migration were generally positive. In fact there is competition in developed Countries for skilled migrants.

Dr Klugman said: “There’s competition at the top end where countries like Australia do well relative to some countries in Europe which have had difficulties in attracting skilled people.”

Dr Klugman also went on to say that more should be done to allow entry of lower skilled migrants:

“The need for low-skilled people is just as significant. There are very large parts of the economy that require the services of people in childcare, aged care and a whole range of services”.

Australian economic growth means more opportunities for immigrants

The Australian economy is creating more and more jobs. Compared to many other Countries Australia did relatively well during the recent economic downturn. The unemployment rate in Australia is about half the unemployment rate in Europe and the USA.

In November 2009 the Australian unemployment rate was 5.7 percent compared to the previous month's rate of 5.8 percent. Expectations had been that unemployment in November 2009 would have been at 5.9 percent. In November levels of employment went up by 31,200; 30,800 full-time jobs were created in this month.

Australia has benefited from continuing demand from Asian Countries for their natural resources. During the economic downturn many employers decided to reduce staff working hours instead of making redundancies. Now that the economy is on the up again it is likely that employers will wish to recruit more staff and increase the working hours of existing staff to previous levels.

Australian economic growth will mean more skills shortages and increased demand for overseas workers. It is possible for many immigrants to come under a General Skilled Migrant Category. This makes it easier for immigrants to find a job as the employer does not have to go to the trouble of having to apply for a work visa.

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