Australian Immigration Policy Debate
As well as being part of that 1-in-4 group, I’m also part of another group – this time a 1-in-5. Of overseas-born residents, persons born in the UK (like me) make up the largest sub-group, accounting for about 1-in-5 of total overseas born residents, or 5.4% of Australia’s total population. Persons born in New Zealand account for 2.4% of the population, followed by China (1.6%), and India (1.4%)….
…the most depressing is the way migration policy is now being used as a response to policy failures elsewhere. It seems that failing to deliver good infrastructure to urban-dwellers, failing to get the housing market right, and failing to deliver appropriate policies on sustainability are all to be dealt with by migration policy. In each of these cases, this is not just about an apparent inability to deliver what should be the first best policy solution…..
Actually, that’s not just depressing. It’s worrying.