These sun, sea and sand of Australia has attracted literally millions of people to apply for visas over the last few years but is Australia really as prosperous as many would have you believe?
There is no doubt that the climate in Australia is very much different to countries such as the UK and mainland Europe and while traditionally renowned for its weather there is so much more to Australia in the modern day. The last 20 years has seen a major change in the make-up of the economy, the success of the country and its international standing in the business arena. The Australia of today is so very different to the Australia of 20 years ago and the prospects continue to improve even during the ongoing worldwide economic slowdown.
After years in the doldrums the last 20 years has seen a major increase in the Australian economy and while there have been some ups and downs the trend during the period has been very much on the up. This has created significant new employment positions, attracted a number of overseas companies and seen areas such as the property market significantly increase in terms of local investment and international investment.
Integration of foreign visitors
While the impression of the stereotypical Australian man and woman still carries on in some areas of the world this impression is often very unfair and very inaccurate. The Australia of today is multicultural and the once dominant dependence upon agriculture has been reduced and replaced by new markets such as finance and technology. This introduction of new markets has required the introduction of foreign workers with specific skills and specific experience to assist these up-and-coming Australian business sectors.
Contrary to popular belief Australians have always been fairly welcoming to overseas visitors and those looking to relocate to the country with British and Asian visitors amongst the largest non-national groups in Australia.
Looking after Australia
While the immigration visa system can be difficult for those without specific skills or specific experience, once accepted within the country there is a feeling that the government is very much defensive of both Australian nationals and those who have moved to Australia full-time. While other countries around the world seem to bow to immigration trends such as those seen in the UK when Polish and the Romanian workers targeted the country because of these employment position and benefits system, the Australian system is very much different and less forgiving.
Australia has over the last few years repositioned itself in the centre of Australasia with trading partners around the world and an ever-growing presence on the international trade scene. This has attracted more and more overseas investors which has supported and allowed the Australian economy to grow, creating more employment positions and greater wealth to those living in the country.
While Australia may not be the easiest country to gain full-time access to there is no doubt there are substantial benefits for those able to pass the immigration tests and settle in this land of sun, sea and sand.