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9 Reasons why Australia continues to be a popular migration destination

9 Reasons why Australia continues to be a popular migration destination

Chee-Min Ng has lived in Australia for the past 26 years and shares his nine top reasons why Australia continues to be a popular migration destination. Some top reasons include Australia’s major cities such as, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth which rank among the world’s most liveable cities, with Melbourne and Sydney inevitably in the top three or top ten in surveys and studies.

Australia is one of the very few countries that continue to have an active and supportive immigration policy. Today, more than ever, it is a popular migration destination.

1. High human development
The UNDP Human Development Index ranks Australia second in the world. The index takes into consideration life expectancy, schooling, income, income and gender inequality and other factors.

2. Good quality of life
The OECD Your Better Life Index for 2012 profiles countries across eleven measures of human well-being. Australia ranks in total score higher than all the other English speaking countries including Canada, New Zealand, United States and the United Kingdom.

3. Nature’s bounty
Australia has an abundance of valuable natural resources that has been and will continue to be a pillar of its economy. Its physical size, surrounded by the vast ocean on all sides, and its geographical latitudes endow it with sparkling beaches, climates that vary from the tropical monsoonal North to snowfalls in the mountains of Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania, vast farmlands and vineyards, and natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef.

4. Most liveable cities
Australia’s major cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth) rank among the world’s most liveable cities, with Melbourne and Sydney inevitably in the top three or top ten in surveys and studies.

5. Economic opportunities
Inclusive access to housing, education, healthcare, employment and business, among others, impacts on an individual’s or a family’s economic prospects. Non-discrimination as to gender, age, colour, creed and sexual orientation is embedded in Australia’s laws and public policies, and is testimony of its advances as a progressive modern society.

6. Society’s care
Australia’s federal and state governments play a very large role in ensuring that quality healthcare is both accessible and affordable. Its public healthcare system may be fairly described as excellent in its reach and quality. Australia’s “catch-all” social security system is structured to ensure the well-being of families, dependents and retirees.

7. Reliable law enforcement
Law enforcement by the police and other authorities is competent, impartial and reliable.

8. Democratic governance
The democratic rule of law prevails firmly in Australia, both in legislation and practice. Judicial independence, civil liberties and freedom of the press are safeguarded by law as well as by public opinion. There is a high degree of transparency and accountability in governance.

9. Embracing multiculturalism
Ever since dismantling its White Australia immigration policy four decades ago, Australia has embraced multiculturalism in no uncertain terms in immigration policies and migrant intake.

About the author: Chee-Min Ng has lived in Australia for the past 26 years. This and many other articles about Australia appear in his book http://www.goingtoaustralia.info/about-the-book.html