‘You’re in the wrong place’: Why people are choosing not to leave Australia
Posted On June 19, 2021
A number of people are leaving Australia because of immigration policy changes, and others are opting for other options.
Key points:A number of Australian citizens have left Australia to find work abroadThe decision to stay overseas has led to an exodus of peopleFrom January to August, more than 400,000 Australians left Australia for work overseas, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The numbers are still rising, but this year has been a particularly turbulent period for the country.
In recent weeks, more people have left the country than have entered, and there have been some notable drops in numbers over the past few weeks.
For example, in the first three months of this year, there were more than 4,500 people leaving Australia than entering, according the ABS.
But the biggest exodus has been the exodus of Australians who have chosen to stay home rather than return home, a trend that has been occurring in recent months.
Australia’s migration statistics are not released publicly, but the ABS estimates that the country loses almost a million people each year to emigration.
The trend was highlighted in a recent report from MigrationWatch Australia, which said there had been a 25 per cent increase in people returning to Australia for the first time in 20 years.
While there has been some recent improvement in the numbers of people leaving, the number of Australians seeking work overseas has remained relatively constant, with the number entering the country more than double.
The numbers have been steadily increasing in recent years, with people leaving the country on average once every three months in 2016, compared to a two-year average.ABS data from December shows the number had dropped to less than half that level in March.
The Australian Bureau Of Statistics (ABST) says about 90 per cent of the people who leave Australia each year are employed.
But there is a significant difference in the jobs people are earning compared to those who stay in Australia.
Many people who return to Australia find a job overseas, often for low pay.
According to the ABS, the average hourly wage for workers aged between 25 and 64 was $31,900 in 2016.
But it was $30,300 in 2016 for workers in this age group who left Australia.
The ABS also found that while the proportion of workers aged 25 to 64 who were self-employed was still relatively high, that had fallen to about 10 per cent.
The unemployment rate for people who left the workforce was around 25 per of the workforce.
The figures have been published by the ABS for the past four years, but they are not publicly released, so it is not possible to track the number who have left, nor the reasons why people are returning.
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