50% Australians Not Too Enthusiastic About Immigration, Claims Survey

In a not too positive development, from world migrants’ perspectives—especially from the perspectives of those who could be planning to migrate to Australia–close to 50% of the natives of the country does not seem very enthusiastic about overseas people arriving on the shores of Down Under.

In fact, many Australians seem to believe that the immigration programme of the country should be ended–the reason being the nation is already swarming with a large number of people. For the said poll, 2,000 natives were covered even while 51% disclosed that the populace of the country is alarmingly high, and so immigration must be done away with. The good news though is that close to half of the Australians are not against the entry of overseas people.

Down Under has nearly 23 million people, vis-à-vis 19.6 million 10 years ago. It needs to be mentioned here that Canberra has established its immigration programme for the year ending June at 185,000 places. Another 13,750 positions are up for grabs, on humanitarian considerations, for the keen expatriates.

Coming back to the poll in question, just 32% of the participants believe that the country must roll-out red-carpet welcome before more migrants even as nearly two-thirds, about 65%, believe that immigrants to the country must follow the way of life as practiced widely across the nation by its people.

This depicts a significant departure in the mindsets of the natives on the crucial issue. In earlier polls carried during the years of 2005, 2001 and 1995 the Australians were found to be comparatively more tolerant and accommodating on the given issue.

Meanwhile, an expert on the issue of immigration has said that worries over job security in the wobbling world economy together with local pressures exerted on the infrastructure of the country are the root causes for this noticeable departure in views.

The results

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of the survey were made public even while two refuge-seeker water vessels with nearly 82 visitors were stopped the northern coasts of the country recently, swelling the number of such vessels to four in as many days. Reportedly, as many as 42 vessels with 3,261 seekers of refuge have turned-up so far this year, taking the budget of the country meant for refugee detention to over US$1 billion.

Talking about the development, the Immigration Minister has reportedly said that the unprecedented rush in 2012 was not actually unexpected—in the backdrop of the unsuccessful but planned refugee swap agreement made with the country of Malaysia the year before, which was targeted to prevent people smuggling, after the High Court of the nation ended it.

The Australian minister added that it’s crucial to come across more productive deterrents to prevent adventurous people from making the highly dangerous maritime journey to the country, mostly from the nation of Indonesia.

In the aftermath of the conservative opposition leaving no stones to block the efforts to get around the verdict, Canberra had no options except to discard the offshore processing of the seekers of refuge, and set free several detainees, so that they could stay in the community.

In a not too positive development, from Australia-inspired migrants’ perspectives, close to 50% of the natives of the country does not seem enthusiastic about overseas people arriving on the shores of Down Under. An expert on the issue of immigration has said that fears over job security in the wobbling world economy together with local pressures exerted on the country’s infrastructure are the root causes.

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