Australia’s COVID-19 immigration crisis

The Wall Street Journal describes how one of the world’s most thought-out immigration strategies, that of Austraia, is stymied due to the pandemic.

Natural increase of the Australian born population accounts for 40% of the population growth in Australia, while net immigration contribute 60%. (In the U.S., 38% of population growth is due to net immigration.)

Net immigration was 239,600 in FY 2019, 168,000 in FY 2020, and may drop to 36,000 in FY 2021. The decline will hurt the housing market, among other sectors. Furthermore, some 100,000 Chinese students may not be returning this fall.

There are 7.5 million immigrants in Australia, or 30% of the total population.

Here is the country’s skilled immigration points calculator.

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