Moving to Australia can be an amazing experience. Although it is the sixth largest country in the world at over 3 million square miles, it is only home to 21 million people, which ensures that natural beauty dominates over suburban landscapes (especially out of the main cities). The country boasts a diverse range of wildlife and nature and there are many species of animals and plants indigenous only to Australia. The pristine beauty of the country’s wilderness coupled with the abundance of wildlife is part of the country’s attraction for potential immigrantss.
Moving to Australia provides the immigrants population with a very good quality of life. Life expectancy is high and stress is relatively low when compared with other countries in the world.
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Australia as an immigrants destination
Founded by immigrants from the UK, the population has grown significantly. Today, Australia is extremely multicultural and encourages immigration from Asia, Europe and the US. The 1960s saw the country actively promoting immigration from abroad with many British families being offered incentives to move there. Ever since white Australia policy was abolished, the country has become increasingly cosmopolitan. Today, Australia remains a very popular immigrant destination and is considered to be one of the best places in the world to live because of its low population density, high standard of life and the unpolluted atmosphere. According to the Human Development Index (HDI), Australia is ranked 7th out of a total of 174 countries with this ranking being based upon high scores in GDP, life expectancy, literacy and education. It is perhaps due to these reasons that Australia is so popular with people who are moving overseas.
Cost of living in Australia
The 2012 Mercer Cost of Living: Australian cities continue to rank high on the list in the Asia Pacific region and, following the strengthening of the Australian dollar, have all experienced further jumps up the global list since last year. Sydney (11) and Melbourne (15) experienced relatively moderate jumps of three and six places respectively, but Perth (19) and Canberra (23) both jumped 11 places. Brisbane (24) rose by seven places, and Adelaide (27) shot up 19 places. Yet In terms of purchasing power parity, Australia provides its residents with a similar level as that available in Japan and higher purchase parity than the United Kingdom and Singapore. This is possible due to much higher salary levels immigrants get compared to their host countries.
English is the official language spoken in Australian and you will have no problem communicating or conducting business when moving to Australia if you speak English. The population consists mostly of Caucasian (92%) and Asian (7%) with Aboriginal and other cultures accounting for just 1%.
Australia is so large that it actually experiences an extremely varied climate; different parts of the country experience different weather patterns. Northern Australia is tropical, with hot and humid weather and seasonal monsoons. In contrast, Southern Australia experiences a temperate climate with distinct seasons. Summers are long and hot while winters are cool and occasionally wet. Western Australia is hot and dry in the summer and cool in the winter with temperatures often falling as low as 7 or 8°C. Because of the diversity in climates, there will be a weather pattern to suit virtually everyone; another reason why Australia is so popular.