Many people still think the American Dream is THE dream, but a growing number of people are looking at another dream - one involving the great Land Down Under, aka Australia.
More people from different countries are moving and staying in Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are over 7.6 million migrants living in the Land Down Under (as of June 30, 2020).
What is it about Australia that makes it a desirable place to call your new home?
The list is pretty long: a booming economy, affordable housing, fantastic education system and endless career opportunities. Plus, they have everything the international community needs. From the NYC-famous hot dogs to Asian delicacies, like sweet and spicy bagoong dishes from the Philippines, you'll find everything that you need to feel at home in Australia.
If you need more convincing to make the big move to the Land Down Under, consider the following reasons.
Quality of Life
In the US News' 2021 Best Countries rankings, Australia ranked in sixth due to its excellent quality of life index. With low pollution, plenty of fresh air and a low population, the citizens enjoy a relatively quiet life in the middle of breathtaking sceneryand natural landscapes.
With countless beaches surrounding the country, many locals and expats prefer to live on the coast, if not visit it daily. Those who live in the cities enjoy a vibrant lifestyle since the urban areas are always buzzing with activities. But if you love the great outdoors, you'll also enjoy activities like fishing, bush walking and camping. Australia has 500 national parks, too - all of them dedicated to protecting the country's natural heritage.
Australia's economy continues to be resilient through a variety of national and global financial crises. The country also boasts of low skill shortages and unemployment rates in many trades and professional occupations. As a result, many skilled workers transfer to Australia on a long-term visa, with a majority of them sponsored by permanent employers.
Australians love traveling and inevitably many have fallen in love with a foreigner during their travels overseas. As a result, many locals are bringing home foreign partners.
Fortunately, Australia has partner visa options for those who are married to permanent residents or Australian citizens or permanent residents, as well as those who are in a de facto relationship. The country also offers visa options for foreigners who want to come to Australia to marry their Australian partners.
Australia boasts of a temperate climate with warm to hot summers and mild winters. The northern part of Australia enjoys a warm tropical climate while the southern part is known for its cool winters. New South Wales and Victoria enjoy a regular snow season, as well as long balmy evenings and long hours of sunshine and long balmy evenings, which is attractive to migrants.
Australia is a multi-cultural society composed of locals and foreigners. This means it's not difficult for new migrants to immediately feel at home. The country has strong community groups that enjoy holding lively festivals and celebrations around Australia. For instance, Australians celebrate Harmony Day on March 21, which coincides with the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a special day for everyone to come together and celebrate their mutual respect for each other's culture.
If you're tired of the fast-paced lifestyle you currently live, Australia calls you home to rest. Australians enjoy their laid-back lifestyle. Most of them enjoy many periods of relaxation with family and friends. Also, the locals are a friendly bunch who helps strangers get acclimated to their new home.
Work-life balance is also a priority for many Aussies. Family gatherings and picnics, parties and beach trips are part of the Australian's way of life. Many locals are also blessed with the time and resources to enjoy local restaurants, markets and more.
Sports, Sports and More Sports
Sport is a national obsession for Australians. The participation rates talk much about the country's love for games. In fact, the rates are higher compared to other countries. Cricket may be Australia's favorite pastime while the south and north have different favorites; the northern part of Australia is a big fan of rugby while the southern part prefers football. Everyone loves soccer!
Apart from the national games, Australians enjoy different sports like tennis, bowling and golf. Since they are also situated near beaches, surfing is also a favorite sport.
So if you're looking for a new place to call "home," it's time to make the move to the great Land Down Under!
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