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Australia

With almost half of its total resident population either born in a foreign country or the child of such a person, Australia is one of the world's quintessential immigration countries. Moreover, in mid-2008 there were also over 800.000 people in Australia on a temporary basis and a million Australians living overseas on a permanent or long-term basis. A majority of its resident population perceives migration as having a positive economic and social impact. In his overview over history and present of Australian immigration policies, Graeme Hugo explains how policies aim at maintaining positive impacts (version from September 2010).

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Background Information

With almost half of its total resident population either born in a foreign country or the child of such a person, Australia is one of the world´s quintessential immigration countries.

Graeme Hugo

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Permanent Migration Program

Contemporary migration is planned in yearly migration programs. The main elements in Australia´s current migration program are shown in here. There is an important distinction between the permanent…

Graeme Hugo

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Temporary Migration

Australia has long had an emphasis on attracting permanent settlers to the country and a strongly expressed opposition to attracting temporary and contract workers. During the labour shortage years of…

Graeme Hugo

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Irregular Migration

Australia does not share any land borders with other countries; its isolated island geography has been a major factor in the low levels of irregular migration that it experiences. The Figure shows the…

Graeme Hugo

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Emigration

While Australia is perceived as a quintessential "immigration country", it also experiences significant emigration. Moreover, Australia is one of the few countries that collect detailed and…

Graeme Hugo

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An Increasingly Diverse Population

Without post-war migration, Australia´s current population would be 12 million rather than the actual figure of 22 million, but the impact of migration on the Australian population has been greater…

Graeme Hugo

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Conclusion

Australian post-war immigration has had a profound impact on the national economy, society and demography. Moreover, this massive change has been with little conflict and must be judged as highly…

Graeme Hugo

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References

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Graeme Hugo

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