New data from the United Kingdom about immigration makes for an interesting comparison with the Australian situation.
Part of the UK’s population increase in the year ending September 2013 was due to a net migration intake of 212,000. As The Independent noted, this was a massive increase on the previous year and Prime Minister Cameron is clearly under pressure.
Contrast that with Australia’s numbers at the same time. In the year ending June 2013, Australia’s net overseas migration was 244,400 people. That’s 32,400 more than the UK!
Obviously, the UK’s population is much larger than ours. In mid-2012, their population was 63.7 million while ours was 22.7 million (just over one third of the UK’s).
It’s no wonder that our immigration program has such a massive impact on Australian society – our infrastructure, services, environment and culture are all suffering.
Will Prime Minister Abbott recognise Australians’ concerns about the pressures caused by high immigration? He has an opportunity in the May budget to REDUCE IMMIGRATION when he sets targets for 2014-15.
Australians voting in the forthcoming South Australian and Tasmanian elections on 15 March, and the Western Australian Senate election on 5 April, can emphasise their concern by writing REDUCE IMMIGRATION atop their ballot papers.
Please help spread the word to any voters you know in those constituencies!
AFTERWORD #1 (November 2014)
The UK government admitted that it could not meet its own immigration reduction targets (see The Telegraph, 23 November 2014).
Robert Henderson’s blog on 23 November 2014 carried this fascinating report: British Future report says 25% of British adults want all immigrants repatriated.
See also The Express (online): ‘Immigration cost us £118 billion in just 17 years‘ (5 November 2014).
AFTERWORD #2 (October 2015)
See also Daily Mail (online): ‘Migration is now a major fear for over half of Britons: Issue of shoring up borders sees six point rise in a month’ (1 October 2015). [This article draws on the the September 2015 Economist / Ipsos MORI issues index.]