Why Do So Few Americans Immigrate to Australia?
by Inoljt, Thu Oct 06, 2011 at 03:17:50 AM EDT
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.