Some 50 percent of Australians want an end to the nation’s immigration program because they believe the country has too many people, a poll showed on Tuesday.
This is precisely the same feeling and attitudes that many, many Americans share. Here is some very sensical data performed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics:
This projection is based on the estimated resident population at 30 June 2012 and assumes growth since then:
- one birth every 1 minute and 46 seconds,
- one death every 3 minutes and 35 seconds ,
- a net gain of one international migration every 2 minutes and 20 seconds, leading to
- an overall total population increase of one person every 1 minute and 24 seconds .
Australia has some 23 million people, compared to 19.6 million a decade ago. Moreover, during the 1980s the population in Australia stayed around 11.5 million people. Therefore, let’s compare numbers between the U.S.A. and Australia. Currently the population of Australia is 22,910,478 or for this article let’s say 23 million.
Allowing folks the understanding from 1980 to up to the moment 2013 is the differential that Australia’s population has completely doubled since the 1980s. Interestingly the difference between the two data is 11.5 million people which is what the United States Congress and President are negotiating in “immigration reform.”
Now all of this politics aside, let’s look at reality. What nation in the last generation (30 years) or longer has willfully admitted 22 million into their countries? What other nation has work permit visas that a person can obtain without as much as a passport? What other nation has allowed a general election for the Office of the President with exceedingly more and more evidence that said election was changed by a group of people who although not native to America but also came to the country illegally?
What other nation has a “Visa Lottery” that can currently, issue approximately 50,000 foreign nationals per year are awarded visas based on pure luck to come and live permanently in the United States under the visa lottery program.
Canberra set its immigration program for the year to June at 185,000 places, with another 13,750 slots available to refugees on humanitarian grounds.
But in the poll only 32 percent of respondents felt Australia should welcome more immigrants and almost two-thirds, some 65 percent, said “migrants should adopt the Australian way of life”.
The responses revealed a marked swing away from the more tolerant attitudes of previous surveys conducted in 2005, 2001 and 1995, the newspaper said.
Immigration expert Bob Birrell said fears over job security in the shaky global economy and local pressures on infrastructure were behind the shift in opinion.
The poll came as two asylum-seeker boats carrying some 82 passengers were intercepted off northern Australia on Monday – taking the number of boats to arrive to four in as many days.
Though they come in relatively small numbers by global standards, the issue of asylum-seekers is a political flash point in Australia, dominating national elections in 2010, when a record 6,555 boat people arrived from Asia.
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said the rush this year was “unsurprising” given the failure of a planned refugee swap deal with Malaysia in 2011 intended to deter people smuggling, after the High Court of Australia struck it down.
The government was forced to abandon offshore processing of asylum-seekers and release many detainees to live in the community after the conservative opposition blocked attempts to get around the ruling.
Bowen said it was essential to find more effective deterrents to stop people making the perilous maritime journey, usually from Indonesia.
“You are going to continue to see people arriving by boat which means you’re going to continue to see deaths at sea,” he said. We believe that there are so many similarities happening within illegal immigration that every person in America can learn from reading this piece.