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4 x finance/investment author - 'Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom’ (2012) rated Top 10 finance books by Money Magazine & Dymocks.

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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Economic Refugees flooding Australia! (from NZ)

I've long argued that the number of asylum seekers that actually arrive in Australia receive a hugely disproportionate amount of press airtime and national debate.

Interestingly, though, as the Closer Economic Relations agreement that Australia hold with New Zealand means Australia is unable to control its trans-Tasman border - there are more than five times as many Kiwis coming in each year as there are asylum seekers!

Due to an agreement with New Zealand, Australia is actually required to accept as permanent or long-term residents as many of NZ’s 4.4 million residents as want to move here.

If the present trends persist Australia’s annual intake from New Zealand will exceed 100,000 within half a decade!
As Economic journo Peter Martin notes in his blog:

An extraordinary 53,900 New Zealanders moved to Australia in the year to July - around the entire population of New Plymouth, New Zealand’s eleventh biggest city.

The number dwarfs the 9,607 asylum seekers who arrived in Australian waters by boat.

The record emigration of 53,900 is a dramatic increase from the same period a year before when 46,450 New Zealanders moved to Australia - itself a record at the time.

“These are economic refugees,” New Zealand Council of Trade Unions secretary Peter Conway told The Age.

New Zealand’s unemployment rate is 6.8 per cent, little changed since the economic crisis. Australia’s is 5.2 per cent, well down on the peak of 5.9 per cent reached during the crisis.

“New Zealand was hit much harder than Australia,” Mr Conway said. “We didn’t have the big boost in government spending you had that pushed unemployment back down. Before the crisis our unemployment rate was briefly the best in the OECD. It is now mid-range, much worse than yours.”

New Zealand wages are around 20 per cent lower than Australia's when measured in terms of purchasing power."

I sometimes feel like a lone voice on the subject, but if the world has 43.7 million refugees as estimated by the UNHCR, then perhaps it isn't quite so unreasonable that a country of the size and wealth of Australia can find a home for 9,000 of them.

We sometimes seem to forget that without immigration, Australia as we know it would not exist.


Struggling not to sign off the post with #justsayin - obviously been spending too much time on Twitter.