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An interesting link between MasterChef & Australian migration statistics

Monday, July 28, 2014
Barely a day goes by where there isn't a mention of Australian migration statistics, be it arrivals versus departures, a decrease or rise of approved 457 visas and so on, but a recent article in the Business Spectator looks at the correlation between the hit TV show MasterChef's ratings and a significant increase in Cooks being approved for Australian skilled visas.

Say what you will about MasterChef's ratings, you can't deny the impact it and other cooking shows have had on the economy.

According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, spending at restaurants and cafes has boomed over the past couple of years. MasterChef has already boosted Coles' sales of particular products by over 1400 per cent, and it's clear that the rise in foodie culture triggered by the show has us spending more on a eating out.

The rise of the restaurant scene has also had another unintended consequence: it has seen cooks overtake accountants in Australia’s annual skilled migration intake. 

Accountants have dominated the intake for some time. It’s caused a fair bit of controversy, given suggestions that we already have an oversupply of accounting graduates.

In case you are wondering, that spike in accounting applications in 2010-11 was attributed to more relaxed migration rules that saw more international students studying locally apply for visas after graduation. These rules have since been tightened to stop international students from piling into one degree in the hopes of attaining a visa after studying.

To read the full article at Business Spectator, click here.

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Media mogul calls for more migrants in Australia

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
A call for Australia to further embrace migrants to enrich and improve the country has been made by Australia's media mogul, Rupert Murdoch. Speaking at the 50th anniversary of his widely respected and read publication, The Australia, Mr Murdoch urged Australia's political leaders to embrace the opportunities brought to them by skilled migration.

More from SBS News;

The 83-year-old [Murdoch] said Australia has a "comparative advantage in a world where not all are free," and as such it should welcome those who share the values of the country.

"We should be a beacon, but that means holding ourselves to high standards and not simply finding fault with others," he said.

“We must be open to immigrants, to their desire to improve themselves and to the resulting improvement in our country.”

On the back of those comments, The Australian has published a Newspoll today that suggests around a fifth of Australians favour higher migration levels.

About half of the people responding to the survey indicated support for Australia's existing intake levels, which resulted in 190,000 new immigrants last year.

While around 22 per cent say they would support an even higher intake, and 27 per cent want immigration levels cut.

To read the full story at SBS News, click here.

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Australia rated #1 by wealthy Chinese migrants

Friday, July 11, 2014
In a recent review of countries that are considered suitable destinations for Chinese migrants, wanting to invest abroad and receive permanent residency or citizenship, Australia has been rated number one. Factors which put Australia on top include the price of housing, security, social welfare and economic development.

Typically, Chinese investors who migrate to Australia apply for Business Skills visas or Significant Investor visas.

More on what makes Australia so attractive to Chinese migrants from ECNS.CN;

A report by the Chinese website of Forbes said factors including housing prices and investment thresholds have been taken into account in designing the list. Other factors included the host country's security, social welfare, economic development and political system.

More than 25,500 Chinese received permanent residency in Australia in 2011 through 2012, and about 18 percent of them achieved their "green card" through investment, according to the Annual Report on Chinese International Migration 2014 published by the Social Sciences Academic Press and the Center for China and Globalization, an independent think tank in Beijing.

China emerged as the largest source for Australia's investment migration during the period, accounting for 64 percent. The rate was less than 8 percent one decade ago, the report said.

Chen Ye, a 32-year-old from Shanghai, is applying to emigrate to Australia.

An investment of A$5 million ($4.68 million) for a better education and living environment for her young son sounds like a good deal, said Chen, whose husband owns a shipping company.

"Life is very comfortable in Australia and my son won't face fierce competition to go to a good university and to find a job there like we do in China," she said.

However, more and more Chinese are showing growing enthusiasm in purchasing properties in European countries like Portugal, Spain and Greece to get permanent residency.

To read the full article at ECNS.CN, click here.

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