Australia is often called the "Lucky Country", with a high standard of living, economic and political stability, excellent health and education system, beautiful and varied landscape, and a general quality of life envied by many around the world.
Australia is a large island continent covering an area of almost 8 million square kilometres. It is the sixth largest nation in the world. Its large size means Australia has a variety of climates, ranging from tropical rainforests, through deserts to snow covered mountains. It is home to unique animal and plant species not found anywhere else in the world and has a number of “must see” attractions including the famous Great Barrier Reef, classed as one of the wonders of the world, and Uluru (Ayers Rock) the world's biggest monolith. There is an endless list of things to explore and the varied climate means you go could try out surfing – the national pastime one day, and go skiing the next.
Having been settled by Europeans only 217 years ago, Australia is a young country with a population of only around 20 million. The small size of the Australian population makes for a friendly place with a strong sense of community. It is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, with a population made up of people from over 200 different counties of origin. Australian’s are used to interacting with people from other cultures and are welcoming, helpful and friendly to migrants and tourists.
Australia is a very popular place to visit and migration is encouraged through a range of programs, most notably the Skilled Migration Scheme, which attracts migrants to fill gaps in the Australian job market. As many Australians are migrants a lot of people also settle here to be united with their families. Australian schools and universities attract large numbers of overseas students wishing to take advantage of the excellent education system. Tourism is also thriving, young “backpackers” visit looking for an adventure of a life time and thousands of others arrive every year to explore the unique natural beauty of Australia.
Home to many migrants:
Australia has a diverse and inclusive society with over 23% of its population born overseas. It is a home to migrants form over 200 countries, making it a truly multicultural place. With such high numbers of migrants Australia is a country highly tolerant of all cultures and lifestyles. Being a thriving first world nation Australia also has; a stable and growing economy, a strong currency, low inflation rates, low rates of crime and low unemployment as well as excellent health, education and welfare systems. It is predicted that over 100,000 people will migrate to Australia every year for the next four years, further enhancing its diverse population.