Moving to Australia
The fundamentals of family and friends are important to Australians, and the nation’s strong spirit of egalitarianism has drawn a steady stream of immigrants from the UK, Europe and Asia to its ideal climate and naturally beautiful environment. Popular Australian expat cities include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.
Australia has long been a destination of choice for students and young professionals from all over the world, who simply move to Australia to spend a few years taking up employment on a working holiday visa. It is also popular with expat families looking for a better environment to bring up children, as well as pensioners who move to Australia to spend their retirement years in the sun.
The government places a high premium on skills and enforces equally stringent measures to keep Australian immigration levels under control. So while Australia is a popular destination for expatriates, a strict screening process picks out those professionals with the skills desired to keep the economy in good health, the population levels low, and the quality of life high for all citizens.
A large number of expats who move to Australia do so with their children. The country is an excellent place to raise a family as properties are often larger, there is more scope for children to spend recreational time outdoors and the country offers a good range of schooling options. Furthermore, expats living in Australia will also have access to exceptional healthcare facilities in both the public and private systems.
Regardless of an individual’s reasons for moving down under, the quality of life that many of Australia’s popular expat cities offer is excellent. One major downside to living in Australia, though, is the relatively high cost of living. Both Sydney (3rd) and Melbourne (9th) were ranked among the top 10 most expensive places to live according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s cost of living survey for 2013.
While Australia is undergoing changes as a result of the global economic crisis, the core reason why people move there is that this key expat destination will maintain the attractive status quo it's upheld for the last decade: the diverse, striking scenery and rugged beauty of the vast landscape, easygoing welcome of the local people, and the sense that a new beginning is available to anyone with the skills and energy to make it happen will always remain.