Why Do So Few Americans Immigrate to Australia?

By: inoljt, http://mypolitikal.com/

In the minds of most Americans, Australia is a great place. The land down under has beautiful weather, a booming economy, and sights ranging from the Great Barrier Reef to kangaroos. What’s more, the culture and the language of Australia are as similar to the United States as any other country in the world, with the exception of perhaps Canada. What’s not to like about living in a country where everybody has cool accents?

Why, then, do so few Americans bother to immigrate to Australia?

Below is a very interesting table, taken from the 2006 Census in Australia (the exact table can be found here). It lists the top countries of birth for Australians:

Country of Birth Persons Australia                                        14,072,946 England 856,940 New Zealand                                    389,463 China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province) 206,591 Italy                                          199,123 Viet Nam                                       159,849 India                                          147,106 Scotland                                       130,204 Philippines                                    120,538 Greece                                         109,988 Germany                                        106,524 South Africa                                   104,128 Malaysia                                       92,337 Netherlands                                    78,927 Lebanon                                        74,848 Hong Kong (SAR of China)           71,803 Sri Lanka                                      62,256 United States of America                       61,718

(Note: An SAR of China is a Special Administrative Region i.e. Hong Kong and Macau.)

America places very, very low; there are sixteen entries (not including Australia) which send higher numbers of immigrants than the United States. In fact, there are more Sri Lankan and Lebanese immigrants to Australia than American immigrants to Australia.

What’s doubly strange about this is that it’s not as if Anglo-Saxon countries don’t send immigrants to Australia. England sends the most immigrants out of any other country to Australia, followed by New Zealand. Other European countries, such as Italy, Scotland, Greece, and Germany also send lots of immigrants to Australia. All of these countries are dwarfed by America’s population, and yet Australia receives much more immigration from them than from the United States.

Australia is a very small country in terms of population; more people live in Texas than in the entire country of Australia. It is also a country with a very high number of immigrants; about one-in-four Australians was born outside of Australia.

For now, it seems, very few of those immigrants will be Americans.



Latest Obama VP News

While the press may be getting ready to call Romney as McCain's VP, Obama's VP search remains a total mystery.  The news about who is allegedly being vetted or not vetted is baffling.  They could be smokescreens or accurate, so it's anybody's guess.  So here's what is being reported.

1) Dodd came out and answered affirmatively to the question that he was being vetted.  I find it shocking first that he admitted that he was asked to submit documents and second that he is in fact being vetted despite his ties, whether innocent or not, to the Countrywide mortgage debacle.

2) Biden came out and answered affirmatively that he was not being vetted, which is extremely surprising considering that he has kind of being considered as the favorite after the Clark non-controvery controversy from several weeks ago.  Biden has been the only person in the news who has appeared as a surrogate for Obama on national television.

3) Howard Wolfson claimed that Clinton was not being vetted, as far as he knew (there's that nefarious phrase again), but claimed that her not being formally asked to submit papers, as far he knew, didn't mean that she wasn't on Obama's list because most of her financial information is out in the public record already, thanks in some part to Obama himself during the primaries.  Of all the people discussed in the news, Obama hasn't campaigned with anybody else but her.

4) Sebelius gave a non-answer to the question about whether she was asked to submit documents.  It seems that of all the most high-profile candidates, Sebelius has gotten the biggest free-ride from Obama as he hasn't asked to serve as his surrogate on national television since he won presumptive nominee status.  It seems odd that Obama would pick her unless he saw how she performed against any of the tools that McCain is putting out there on a weekly basis.

5) McCaskill gives a non-answerto the question of being vetted, Salazar says he hasn't been asked to submit documents, and Tim Kaine is at the top of Bob Novak's list for Obama VPs.

I get the sense that Obama is enjoying this mystery that he's creating.  Who his VP will be seems to be anybody's guess considering all the signals/smokescreens he likes to send out.

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