Australia has always been regarded as one of the most popular destinations among British expats. There are many reasons why you should consider Australia if you are thinking of moving abroad, such as the lifestyle, climate, quality of life and the range of opportunities. We’ve compiled some of the main reasons why moving to Australia is a great choice for many expats.
1. Economic Opportunities
Unlike most European countries, Australia has so far largely avoided to sink into deep recession. Australia is the world’s thirteenth largest economy, has a high GDP per capita, low rate of poverty, a relatively low unemployment rate, which is 5.1% as of July 2011, and is rich in natural resources. This means that there is a greater variety of employment and business opportunities than in many European countries especially in the services, financial and IT sectors.
2. Quality of life
Australia can offer a high quality of life and living standards thanks to a combination of its relatively stable economy, climate and lifestyle. It was ranked second in the United Nations’ 2010 Human Development Index, which looks at the life expectancy of a country’s residents, education and the standard of living. Major cities in Australia like Sydney, Melbourne and Perth rank high in global liveability surveys. The Economist’s 2011 list of the world’s most liveable cities for example ranked Melbourne first, which was followed by Sydney in the sixth, Perth in the eight and Adelaide in the ninth place. Australia has a world-class education system, good and affordable housing options, universal health care and excellent public transport in its major cities
Many expats mention the lifestyle as the main reason for moving to Australia. Due to the sunnier and warmer climate, and the abundance of stunning beaches and other green spaces, Australia can offer a relaxed outdoor lifestyle. There are seemingly endless ways you can spend your time in Australia, including swimming, having a barbecue or a picnic on the beach, hiking, diving, fishing or just enjoying the sun. Australia is also a surfer’s paradise with its long, sandy and clean beaches that are among the best in the world.
Australia attracts a large number of migrants each year from all over the world and actively promotes multiculturalism through its immigration policy. Almost one-fourth of Australians were born overseas, with the largest immigrant groups being from the UK, New Zealand, Vietnam and China. Australians are welcoming and open to expats moving to the country. You’ll find tolerance for a range of cultural practices, a cosmopolitan atmosphere in the major cities and cultural influences from all over the world.
5. The cities
Most of Australia’s major cities are situated on the coastline and are often ranked among the most liveable cities in the world. Sydney is a truly cosmopolitan and dynamic city with a multicultural population. The city is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and is one of the most economically innovative, where you’ll find whatever you are looking for whether it’s arts, business, sports or a relaxed lifestyle. Adelaide is the country’s commercial and financial centre, and can boast a very vibrant cultural life, with many festivals, and excellent food. Adelaide is also Australia’s wine capital, with numerous wine regions around the city. Melbourne is a national and international cultural centre that offers a dynamic and exciting cultural landscape with events and festivals for arts, film, drama, architecture, literature and TV. The city’s economy is diverse, with strong financial, IT, manufacturing and tourism sectors.
6. Landscape and Wildlife
No matter which city or area you choose as your final destination in Australia, it is definitely worthwhile to travel around the country as much as you can. Australia has a uniquely stunning and varied landscape that includes rainforests, the south-eastern mountain ranges, the central desert and the country’s vast coastline. Australia can also boast a unique wildlife with many rare and exotic animals, including koalas, kangaroos and marsupials.