Many of the reasons for reducing immigration have been outlined in a variety of publications over recent years. We can’t create a comprehensive bibliography of all immigration coverage, but here are some examples from print and online sources (in descending chronological order). Our focus is mostly but not exclusively on Australia. The bibliography is arranged in sections and you can ‘jump’ down this page (to the year or content that you’re interested in) by clicking the links here:
Articles, essays and interviews
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Articles, essays and interviews
Brendan O’Neill, ‘West needs a new response to terror’, The Weekend Australian, 23-24 December 2017. (In the print version, the article starts on p. 13 and is titled ‘Is this the year we gave in to terror on our streets? – Western society needs to feel outrage and to condemn “everyday” violence’.)
Aneeka Simonis, ‘Calls to toughen deportation laws for foreign teen thugs’, Herald Sun,
Australian Bureau of Statistics, ‘Net overseas migration to Australia increases 27%’, 14 December 2017. For commentary, see: Joe Kelly, ‘Carlo and Carlito make 24 million of us as immigration surges’, The Australian, 15 December 2017, p. 6.
Sean Nicholls, ‘Sydneysiders in revolt over development as two-thirds declare the city is “full”‘, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 October 2017.
Kevin Donnelly, ‘Multiculturalism and Political Correctness are killing Australia’, Daily Telegraph, 29 September 2017.
David Uren, ‘Uni growth leads the way in record migrant intake’, The Australian, 28 September 2017, p. 7. (Title of the same article online is: ‘Academics led record migrant intake in first net rise since GFC’. The article draws on the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, released 27 September 2017.)
‘Chinese “soft power” influence becomes election issue in New Zealand‘, ‘The World Today’, ABC Radio National, 21 September 2017.
Peter van Onselen, ‘We’ve got to talk about immigration’, The Weekend Australian, 16-17 September 2017, p. 22. (Title of the same article online is: ‘Dick Smith’s immigration campaign is flawed but issue is critical‘.)
Peter Martin, James Ward and Paul Sutton, ‘Why a population of, say, 15 million makes sense for Australia’, The Conversation, 11 July 2017. Note that this article is part of The Conversation‘s series, ‘Is Australia full?’
Liz Allen, ‘Australia doesn’t have a population policy – why?’, The Conversation, 3 July 2017. Note that this article launched The Conversation‘s series, ‘Is Australia full?’
Cheryl Benard, ‘I’ve worked with refugees for decades. Europe’s Afghan crime wave is mind-boggling’, The National Interest, 11 July 2017.
Tony Abbott, ‘Reform in the age of populism – the new battlelines’, speech to the Institute of Public Affairs, 27 June 2017. The speech includes these observations: ‘One of the reasons why statistical growth is not translating into higher living standards is that high immigration means that GDP per head is hardly growing at all. Newcomers in hard-to-fill, high wage, high skill jobs make very good migrants (and should be encouraged) but they’re not the only ones coming. A big slowdown in immigration would allow housing starts and infrastructure to catch up with population.’
Benedict Collins, ‘Labour would aim to reduce immigration numbers’, Radio New Zealand, 12 June 2017.
Stephen Chavura, ‘We would be doing our Islamic communities a favour to review immigration’, The Australian, 7 June 2017, p. 14. This article concludes: ‘As people lose faith in the experts’ ability to control Muslim radicalisation the popular demand to shut national borders to Muslims, or at least drastically limit their numbers so as not to increase the size of their militant subsection, will grow stronger. Try as they may, even mainstream politicians will be unable to avoid the question of the future of Muslim immigration. As strange as it sounds, if the worst enemy of good Muslims is militant Muslims, carefully reforming our immigration policy may turn out to be one of the best things the government can do for them in the long term.’
Janet Albrechtsen, ‘Defiant tribunal welcomes fake jetset refugees’, The Australian, 31 May 2017, p. 12.
Judith Sloan, ‘Peter Dutton part of the cynical charade on house prices’, The Australian, 30 May 2017, p. 12. She asks: ‘So why wouldn’t the government make the obvious call and reduce this number [i.e. of immigrants under the current program], particularly as this would have given substance to the claim that the pressing issue of housing affordability is being addressed?” and suggests a number of reasons in response to the question, ‘all of them depressing’.
Nick Cater, ‘Tribunal lets migrant riffraff run rings around us’, The Australian, 30 May 2017, p. 12.
Ross Dillon, ‘War with Islam demands a temporary brake on all immigration’, Letter to the Editor, The Australian, 29 May 2017, p. 13.
Jennifer Oriel, ‘Time to confront local Islamists: this is war’, The Australian, 29 May 2017, p. 12.
Douglas Murray, ‘Terror in Manchester: Open door asylum policies can lead to terror’, The Australian, 27 May 2017, pp. 15-17. The author asks: ‘What if the immigration and integration policies of consecutive governments of every political stripe have set up our societies for an endless disaster they can now do little to avert?’
‘Non-Western Immigrants Consume 59% Of Denmark’s Tax Surplus’, National Economics Editorial, 23 May 2017.
Gary Johns, ‘Time for Turnbull to play the migration card’, The Australian, 17 May 2017, p. 14.
Caitlyn Gribbin, ‘Peter Dutton blames ‘politics’ as bid to deport six refugees fails’, ABC News, 16 May 2017.
John Masanauskas, ‘Save jobs, cut intake Fresh call to slash migrant numbers’, Herald Sun, 9 May 2017.
Sally McPherson, ‘Chinese to build new $1bn City between Brisbane and the Gold Coast’, iSeekPlant, 26 April 2017.
Reuters, ‘Germany’s Schaeuble says if Muslim migrants don’t like Europe, go elsewhere’, 12 April 2017.
Bernard Salt, ‘Census 2016: we, the people, are such a fascinating bunch’, The Australian, 12 April 2017. This article reports some of the early-release data from the 2016 Australian census: ‘Victoria attracts immigrants from India, NSW appeals to the Chinese and Queensland, not Bondi, is the preferred destination of New Zealanders’.
Fergus Hunter, ‘Housing affordability: cut immigration and let first home buyers raid their superannuation, says Tony Abbott’, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 April 2017.
Judith Sloan, ‘Cut immigration by half to improve housing affordability’, The Australian, 8 April 2017.
Michael Pascoe, ‘Politicians eye off housing market as they consider immigration cut’, The Canberra Times, 3 April 2017.
Leith van Onselen, ‘Australia world’s worst money laundering property market’, Macrobusiness, 30 March 2017.
Vijeta Uniyal, ‘Merkel’s Migrant Deception’, Gatestone Institute, 15 March 2017.
Chip Le Grand, ‘Super-cities set to house two in three people’, The Australian, 1 March 2017.
Alan Kohler, ‘Time to step up, Ken Henry’, The Australian, 28 February 2017.
Martin Ruhs and Carlos Vargas-Silva, ‘The Labour Market Effects of Immigration’, The Migration Observatory, 24 February 2017.
Tony Abbott, ‘Speech Notes for [launch of book] Making Australia Right‘, 23 February 2017. In his speech, the former Prime Minister recommended a policy change: ‘cut immigration, to make housing more affordable’. (Click the links for coverage of the speech in the Guardian (23 February) and The Australian (24 February); for book details, see below: December 2016.)
Ken Henry, ‘Australian business leaders must deliver a vision for the future’, speech at CEDA Canberra Economic and Political Overview event, 23 February 2017. Henry said: ‘Australia’s business leaders have to accept responsibility for ensuring that strong population growth, and the investment opportunities that go with it, lift economic and social opportunity for all, without damaging the quality of the environment we pass to future generations’. See also coverage of the speech in The Australian, 24 February 2017.
Michael Koziol, ‘Immigrants to blame for high house prices, businessman Dick Smith claims’, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 February 2017.
Carrington Clarke, ‘RBA governor Philip Lowe hits out at protectionism, urges investment in infrastructure’, ABC News, 9 February 2017.
Natasha Bita, ‘Migrants: Unemployment rate among new Australians doubles’, Daily Telegraph, 1 February 2017.
Carrington Clarke, ‘High immigration masks Australian economic decline’, ABC News, 20 January 2017.
James Allan, ed., Making Australia Right: Where to from here?, ConnorCourt, Redland Bay, Queensland, December 2016. This book includes contributions from: Judith Sloan, Brendan O’Neill, Gary Johns, Jim Molan, Roger Franklin, Rebecca Weisser, Graeme Haycroft, James Allan, Kerryn Pholi, Jeremy Sammut, Lorraine Finlay, Peter Kurti, Steven Kates and Alan Moran.
Shiobhan McFadyen, ‘”We are losing control of the streets” -Merkel’s Germany descends into lawlessness‘, Express, 1 November 2016.
Mark Coultan, ‘Business needs to work on its image, says David Gonski’, The Australian, 1 November 2016, page 7.
Judith Sloan, ‘Housing affordability: price fall neither likely nor desirable‘, The Australian, 29 October 2016.
John Masanauskas, ‘Population expert says high immigration is making affordable housing “an impossible dream”‘, Herald Sun, 28 October 2016.
Josh Gordon, ‘The inconvenient truth behind Melbourne’s population boom’, The Age, 25 October 2016. (Also available via the Sydney Morning Herald.)
Judith Sloan, ‘Time to fix visa laws, cut Australia’s permanent migrant intake’, The Australian, 22 October 2016.
Reid Butler, ‘Refugees and Retirees’, A Current Affair, Channel 9 TV, 7 October 2016. (‘Angry families taking to the streets to stop refugees moving into their loved ones’ retirement village…’)
Alison Piotrowski, ‘Chinese Spending Spree’, A Current Affair, Channel 9 TV, 6 October 2016.
Tom Elliott, ‘Stop immigration to end Melbourne’s crush’, Herald Sun, 6 October 2016.
Danuta Kozaki, ‘”Tsunami” of young girls forced to marry overseas, NSW Government warns’, ABC News, 20 September 2016.
Dylan Welch, ‘Ernest Wong: Labor’s go-to man for access to Chinese community’, 7.30, ABC TV, 19 September 2016.
Bill Code, ‘Sydney population growth: City split on plans to build a “denser” city’, ABC News, 13 September 2016.
Lambent Productions, ‘Last Whites of the East End’, screened on ABC TV (Foreign Correspondent), 30 August 2016. ABC blurb advises ‘It was controversial when it aired in the UK. But it does shed light on how immigration is reshaping some local communities – and influencing a nation that has just voted itself out of Europe.’
John Masanauskas, ‘Melbourne migrant unease: safety fears in the suburbs’, Herald Sun, 28 August 2016. (To learn more, click here to access the ‘Australians Today’ survey – the primary research that is reported in this article.)
Rowan Callick, ‘Australia’s Chinese community: inscrutable ties to another China’, The Australian, 27 August 2016, page 22.
Chris Kenny, ‘Bad news for democracy when frank discussion is shut down’, The Australian, 27 August 2016, page 24.
Jennifer Oriel, ‘Dumped files show influence of George Soros on Western politics’, The Australian, 22 August 2016. (“The files show Soros has established a transnational network that pressures governments to adopt high immigration targets and porous border policies that could pose a challenge to legitimate state sovereignty.”)
See also this article about the same files, from the USA organisation Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
Caroline Overington, ‘Muslim migration to Australia: the big slowdown’, The Australian, 29 July 2016, page 13. (“ABS data points to an unintended consequence of our focus on skilled entrants.”)
Turi Condon & Caroline Overington, ‘Frank Lowy urges Canberra to control immigration’, The Australian, 29 July 2016, pages 1-2.
Tom Elliott, ‘Arbitrary job quotas aren’t the way to do business’, Herald Sun, 28 July 2016.
Rick Morton, ‘“Failure to fit in” feeding African-linked crime surge’, The Australian, 26 July 2016, page 6.
Josh Manuatu, ‘Kruger is right – Muslim immigration should be carefully considered’, The Spectator Australia, 23 July 2016.
John Masanauskas, ‘Changing times‘, Herald Sun, 15 July 2016.
Rick Morton, ‘Middle East, Asian-born mums give nation big baby bump’, The Australian, 14 July 2016. [The graphs that were part of the print version of the article are not reproduced in the online version, so please click HERE for a scan of the article, including the graphs.]
Jeffrey D. Sachs, ‘Brexit is a symptom of globalization’s deeper ills’, Boston Globe, 27 June 2016.
Nick McKenzie & Leigh Sales, ‘Visa Fix’, 7.30, ABC TV, 27 June 2016.