Amidst the devastation and stagnation of the British economy, and the question of Scottish independence, it appears that more and more people are now looking to countries like Australia for their future home. There has been a long-standing love affair between Scotland and Australia. Despite the economic climate and financial difficulties afflicting many of Scotland, there is still significant demand for Australia as a new home.
While many people will cite the very different climate between Australia and Scotland, in many ways, we make an impression of Australia, and this is not always true. When we read about the hot weather, the bushfires, the barbecues and the parties that are published all day in the newspapers, it wasn’t always so straightforward on the ground.
Over the past few years, we have seen a significant change in the Australian climate that now includes more storms than ever before, and the winds are more vital than ever, although when you take a step back and watch it happen in generally hotter than Scotland. Thus, the climate appears to be zero in Australia’s favour!
For many years the economy of Scotland depended on ship labour and the manual side of the historic British economy. Although this has changed dramatically over the past 20 years with the introduction of the service industry and new technologies, 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 government benefit after working many years in manual labour.
The short and medium-term outlook for the UK economy, and thus for the Scottish economy, is not impressive when you take into account the UK’s mounting debt and the problematic UK budget. Compare that to Australia, which has never entered a recession since the 2008 US mortgage crisis and has forged a stable relationship with China and India. Many expect the Australian economy to continue growing for the foreseeable future, which is another bright spot in the country’s favour.
Recruiting in Australia may not be as easy as it used to be, but there is no doubt that if you have skills that you lack, the government and employers are more than willing to assist you with your transition. Unions have complained for some time that foreign workers are replacing Australian domestic workers. Still, in reality, many of the skills imported from countries such as Scotland are not readily available in Australia.
Unemployment in Australia is near record levels, the economic outlook is bright, and despite changes to the visa regime, if you have little skills on offer, there is no reason to believe that you will not be welcome. With pleasure. Compare that to the situation in Scotland, and we can begin to see why so many Scottish ex-pats are drawn to the prospect of moving to Australia.
Australia and Scotland have always had a love affair, and indeed, very different economic performances of late have reinforced this romance. The short to medium-term outlook for the United Kingdom, and thus Scotland, is completely different from the Australian, and it is not surprising that more and more Scottish citizens are considering moving to Australia.