Amid the fate and gloom of the British economy, the question of Scotland’s independence, it appears that more and more people are now heading to countries like Australia for the sake of their future homeland. There has been a long love affair between Scotland and Australia. Despite the economic climate and the financial difficulties many faces in Scotland, there is still a high demand for Australia as a new home.
While many will point to a completely different climate between Australia and Scotland, in many ways, we have an impression of Australia that is not always true. While we read hot weather, bush fires, barbecues and parties all day long in newspapers, the situation is not still evident on the ground.
In recent years, we have witnessed a significant change in the Australian climate, which now includes more storms than ever, and stronger winds than ever, although when you retreat and see it in warmer together than Scotland. So the climate looks zero for Australia!
The economy of Scotland depended for many years on the work of the ship and the hand side of the historical British economy. Although this has changed dramatically over the past twenty years, with the introduction of the service and new technology industry, many parts of Scotland are struggling to survive financially. As a percentage of the population, there are more unemployed Scottish workers and more Scottish workers claiming some form of benefit from the fact that the government has worked for many years in manual labour.
The short and medium-term outlook for the British economy, and hence the Scottish economy, is not good when one considers the ever-increasing British debt and the problematic British budget. Compare that to Australia, which has never been in a recession since the 2008 US mortgage crisis and forged a stable relationship with China and India. Many expect the Australian economy to continue to grow in the foreseeable future, which is another benefit for the country.
Jobs in Australia may not be as easy as they used to be, but there is no doubt that if you have rare skills, the government and employers are more willing to help you with your move. Unions have been complaining for some time that foreign workers are replacing Australian domestic workers. Still, in reality, many skills imported from countries like Scotland are not readily available in Australia.
Unemployment in Australia is approaching a record low, the economic outlook is bright, and despite changes to the visa regime, if you have rare skills, there is no reason to believe you will not be welcomed with a wide chest. Compare that to the situation in Scotland, and we can begin to find out why many Scottish expatriates are attracted to the prospect of moving to Australia.
There has always been a love story between Australia and Scotland, and the fact that very different economic performance in recent times has reinforced this narration. The short and medium-term outlook for the UK and hence Scotland is quite different from that in Australia, and it is not surprising to see that more and more Scottish residents are considering moving to Australia.
Nowadays, given the short and medium-term outlook, it is difficult to object to someone looking to create a new home in Australia with employment, financial stability and possibly a higher standard of living. Moving from Scotland to Australia appears to be on the list for more and more people.