What would happen if Australia stopped immigration?

What would happen if Australia stopped immigration?

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What would happen if Australia stopped immigration? The throng of people would sparse down in the arrival halls of international airports. Refugees are going to look for another safe haven. Visa processing offices will no longer be able to do their job.

Australia will no longer be open to the world.

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Now what?

Almost half of Australians have voiced their opinion regarding their willingness to ban Muslim immigration and Mr Scott Morrison, the Treasurer of Australia, stated that ”it would be foolish for anyone to deny that there is concern about immigration in Australia.”

But what exactly is going to happen should Australia halt its intake in immigration? Here are the things you need to know:

A drastic decrease in the population growth

The net overseas migration, which means the arrivals to the country minus its departures – has accounted for more than 50 per cent of the growth in Australia in 2015. Of the 326,100 individuals included in the population count, only 148,900 came from what is being called as ‘natural’ increases, which is basically births minus deaths.

What’s left of the numbers, all 177,100 of them, came through more individuals that migrated here than leaving. This step in migration has, in fact, slowed in the past years after it reached its peak back in 2008, at 315,700. If you remember, 2008 was the year that the global financial crisis reached our shores and in the process, gripped the country. There was a clamp down on foreign student visas and the business demand for skilled migrants was weakening, which explains why the recent fall came to be.

The growth in the economy would flounder

”One of the key drivers of growth in the Australian economy has been its strong population growth,” explained Mr Paul Bloxham, the chief economist of the HSBC bank.

The growth in our population is one of the biggest reasons why there has been 25 years of continuous growth in Australia. ”That makes us quite different to a lot of other countries across the world who have got the challenge of population in growth that is slowing, or shrinking, like the country of Japan,” said Mr Bloxham.

A slowing growth in the economy is less of a problem if what is being brought out needs to be shared among a far lesser number of people. However, according to Mr Bloxham, migrants add to the growing demands in our economy, which in turn helps in increasing incomes and spending. ”The net effect is still positive.”

A rapidly ageing workforce

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the median age of all the new arrivals to the country was at 26.5 for the last financial year. This already includes both the permanent and temporary visa holders. For the whole Australian population, the median age was at 37 years.

Over 2/3 of the annual grant intake of our country have arrived using skilled working visas. While it is true that a large part of what’s left are family reunion visas, the children and grandparents are also included.

The Australian population’s age profile is being lowered by the arrival of new migrants on average. They are most likely to be of working age.

The Federal Budget of Australia will take a beating

There are going to be a fewer number of people on their working age so the income taxes can be paid, so that our ageing population can be supported, all because there are no new migrants coming in.

While it is true that there may be a bit of savings on the cost for the government in assisting new arrivals especially the refugees, the annual humanitarian intake of Australia is only at 13,750 a year, which is less than a 1/10 of the total migration. Most migrants to the country make a fair contribution to our workforce, provided the skew towards our skilled labour, and pay substantial taxes. What would happen if Australia stopped immigration?

Housing would become pricey, and our roads will stay crowded

The congestion in traffic at the margins might not go on to go down as swiftly if immigration was stopped. However, there is no reason to think that it will improve.

At the same time, there would be lesser possible purchasers of property. But tax incentives are going to stay which will promote exorbitant speculation on housing, and people from other countries are still able to buy property in the country without needing to migrate here. Moreover, builders would simply need to respond to less demand by building lesser new houses.

Mr Bloxham also states that believing putting an end to migration would actually halt the growing problems of the cities in Australia is a misnomer. ”We have to keep building infrastructure to keep pace with the growth in the population,” he said. ”The better approach here is to find a way to build good infrastructure rather than slow down our growth prospects by limiting population growth.”

Tourism and Education would be damaged

To the Australian economy, the worth of export revenue from international students alone is at more than $20 billion a year, and after coal and iron ore, is actually our 3rd largest export.

There are more or less 1 million Australians who have jobs being supported by tourism, and Ms Margy Osmond, the chief executive of Tourism and Transport Forum Australia, says that putting a stop to immigration would also hurt the tourism industry.

”Particularly for the Chinese market, holidays, education and long-stay family reunions are a big reason for them to come here, stay longer and spend more in our economy,” Ms Osmond stated.

Reunion visits from New Zealand are also going to be severely damaged should we decide to shut our doors to the Kiwis, as at an average of 1.3 million visits per year, they remain to be our largest source of inbound tourists.

”Overall, there is a tourism benefit from being perceived as an open, multicultural and welcoming country,” also said Ms Osmond.

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Finding a doctor would be a lot harder to do

Ms Angela Julian-Armitage, is a barrister. She is also the national president of the Migration Institute of Australia, a body that represents the migration lawyers and agents in the country, who are the ones representing both the migrants, and the businesses who would like to hire migrants.

”The skilled occupation lists would never get filled. Seeing doctors and nurses would be harder for everyone. A lot of businesses would have to close. Universities would collapse without international students’ income,” Ms Julian-Armitage said on continuing without immigration. ”We would have a rapidly diminishing taxation base to fund the running of the country and the ageing population, and most of all, Australians who married a non-Australian overseas could not bring in their new spouse.”

So these are the things that are going to happen should migration be halted: A damaged budget, lower economy and population growth, jobs will be put at risk, and there definitely will be a shortage on skills. Those who would like to put an end to migration in Australia should be very careful what they’re wishing for. What would happen if Australia stopped immigration?

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/national/this-is-what-would-happen-if-australia-halted-immigration-20160930-grsizn.html

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