2010-12-18

Australia likes foreigners

Babies are the major increase in the Australian population. These babies are not contributing to the economy! Apparently they get taxpayer money in the form of a "baby bonus" the year they arrive! They are unskilled, have no intention of seeking employment, can't speak the language, ignore our customs and will eventually compete for our jobs! Do you realise how much it will cost to train these guys and the resources they will consume in the meantime? Send them back to where they came from I say!


July 2008 to June 2009 settler arrivals, by country of birth
Country of birth
Nr Imm
%
New Zealand
33034
31.11%
United Kingdom
21567
20.31%
India
16909
15.92%
China (excludes SARs and Taiwan)
14935
14.07%
Philippines
5619
5.29%
Iraq
4008
3.77%
Sri Lanka
3918
3.69%
Malaysia
3261
3.07%
Burma (Myanmar)
2931
2.76%
TOTAL
106182
100.00%
So immigrants are mostly New Zealanders and Poms. And they get employed reasonably quickly (as opposed to those freeloading babies). Certainly better than most locally brewed Australians.


Unemployment rates of immigrants to Australia
http://www.immi.gov.au/media/fact-sheets/14labour.htm
Migrant Categories
Six months after arrival
18 months after arrival
Business skills/ENS/RSMS
3%
1%
Concessional Family/SAL
16%
4%
Former Overseas Student
9%
3%
Independent
11%
2%
Family
20%
6%
Australian unemployment rate: 5.3% 

"Boat people" immigration is driven by external forces, not actually local policy (Push vs Pull). And the number of arrivals is currently very low, certainly relative to the Howard era - but that was driven by external events. Remember John Howard more than doubled Australia's immigration intake.