Top 10 Immigration Friendly Countries – (Australia)
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Kangaroos! Koalas! Surfing! Plus one of the highest standards of living in the world, subsidized language lessons, employment support, and comprehensive health care services. All of that sunny beauty and optimism will cost you – Australia is one of the most expensive places to live in the world – but you’ll get what you pay for. Yes, Australia has been in the news for its illegal immigration struggles, but if you stay on the right side of the law and avoid hopping into a smuggler’s boat, you could be set for a great new life.
Australia is a good if not perfect place to do business, coming in at number 11 in Transparency International’s ranking. It has a low murder rate at 1.1 per 100,000 inhabitants which is less than Canada, way less than the USA, and only slightly higher than New Zealand’s rate. Their Numbeo crime index – a statistically dubious but interesting survey of their users’ view of crime in their home country – is a disappointing 42.16 which is third worst on our list. Within Australia, along the coast in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, you will find the area with the highest crime rate. It’s Gold Coast territory that includes cities like Cairns, Hervey Bay, and Brisbane. The most dangerous city in Oz? Coff’s Harbour along the coast between Sydney and Brisbane with blueberry farms, fishing, and tourism as its main industries. It has been voted Australia’s most livable climate. And it has the highest crime rate in the country.
Australia places a lot of emphasis on the trades, apprenticeships, and technical education, which is a good thing seeing tuition at the country’s universities is not cheap for international students. Undergrad programs can run up to US$25,000 a year in tuition fees. Like Germany, Australia has a top marginal tax rate of 45% and it kicks in at AU$180,001 or US$140,500. Australia’s national sport is arguably Australian Rules Football: Gaelic Football played with a Rugby ball on a converted Cricket Pitch with way too many goalposts. As for their national motto it is Advance Australia, which comes from their national anthem Advance Australia Fair, which itself has been criticized as being so boring as to cause Aussies to sing themselves to sleep. Most Australians, however, are as proud of their anthem as they are of their diverse and generous country.
After all these years, the biggest source of Australia’s immigrants is still the United Kingdom. That has a lot to do with Australian immigration policy: untli 1973 a British subject could become an Australian just by living there for a while. This was part of the so-called “White Australia” policy, which only allowed European and British Commonwealth immgirants. Since then Australia has been open to people from all over the world but the UK and New Zealand are still the two biggest sources. China, Italy and India are the only other countries to have contributed at least 200,000 immigrants to Australia’s current population.