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Why do Immigrants leave Australia?


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Old 05-19-2014, 03:16 PM
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Post Why do Immigrants leave Australia?

After all the effort and sacrifices (monetary / emotional) why do immigrants leave Australia? I have read through forums trying to understand this social phenomenon. One interesting blog with the same name as my thread tells the sad stories of many immigrants who are desperately to leave.

If you had the chance to start all over again the process, would you?

If you had left Australia, why did you leave?

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Hi Wonderer,

I think immigrants leave mostly because of stress. If someone hasn't done immigration before then it is very hard to explain how hard it is.

Immigration has intensive home sickness, it takes a lot out of your financial situation and the truth is most people wont live as comfortably as they were in their own country.

I have seen families arrive and a year later get divorced. I have seen people get depressed...

Immigration isn't for the faint hearted. There is light at the end of the tunnel but its an uphill climb to get there and it takes time.

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Hi Wonderer,

I think immigrants leave mostly because of stress. If someone hasn't done immigration before then it is very hard to explain how hard it is.

Immigration has intensive home sickness, it takes a lot out of your financial situation and the truth is most people wont live as comfortably as they were in their own country.

I have seen families arrive and a year later get divorced. I have seen people get depressed...

Immigration isn't for the faint hearted. There is light at the end of the tunnel but its an uphill climb to get there and it takes time.
Thanks for your reply DylanW.

I agree with all of your comments.

How long (in average) in your opinion will it take for an immigrant to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and start stabilizing as they were in their own country? Evidently, it all depends on personal circumstances and each case varies.

I am not suggesting for people to try other countries or even comparing countries. However, do you think there are other countries that provide an easier transition for the immigrant? Other countries dot not have any programs for intake of immigrants, such as Japan. Hence, the harmony co-exists in such society.


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Many people come over on their spouses visa and find that they cant find work. I remember a neighbour had been there with his partner who landed a job as a nurse .This lead down the slippery path to returning.


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Hi Wonderer,

I would say 12 to 18 months but as you said it depends on the circumstances on each individual.


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A lot of people seem to take it to lightly and do not expect things to be so hard as a foreigner. Beforehand, I believe a lot of people do not look much further than the first few weeks after their arrival.

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Dear Wonderer

I am an Australian skilled migrant, and I will very soon leave Australia permanently after spending 16 months in Sydney. I want to share with you my experience since you expressed your interest to understand why someone like me would leave.

I decided to migrate to Australia to provide my family with a better future. I left my job in Dubai, where I worked as a director at a multinational pharmaceutical company, hoping to start a new and brighter life in Australia.

The first three months of migrating were very enjoyable, Australia undoubtedly has a lot of offer. However, as I am an ambitious person, I started applying for jobs even before I landed in Australia. I could not have done a better job, I sent out thousands of job applications, met numerous recruiters and even company directors, in 16 months, I could not secure one job interview, not a single one. Some may say this chap is not qualified, so let me tell you about my qualifications: I hold the following degrees:
1. eMBA London Business School
2. MSc Accounting & Finance University of Leeds
3. BSc Finance and Accounting
4. ACCA
5. CPA Australia
6. attended executive management training by Michigan University and University of Reading.

As such, with my employment history in senior management in large multinational and renowed organisations and having graduated from the world's best business schools, I made the wrong assumption that I would be able to find a job in Australia fairly within a reasonable time period. Mind you, the advertised unemployment rate is 5.6%, so I always confidently told myself: I could not be among 6 unemployed people in a 100, that would not be possible. In reality, that is what happened, I was actually among the unfortunate 6.

As such, before making my decision, I had to weigh my options:
1. Keep on searching for a job, and keep spending $ 5,000 per month on living costs hoping that after 16 months of no luck, things would change
2. Accept a job as taxi driver or convenience shop attendant (I tried downgrading my job in accounting and even that did not work, and by the way, I believe Australia has the most skilled, most educated and high caliber taxi drivers in the world)
3. Live of Center Link (i.e. social welfare). I will not comment on this, out of the question for me.
4. Realize that I had lost, and it is time to move on.

I love Australia, and I respect its people. However, without prospects of finding a job, I cannot continue here as my opportunity loss is high, and with more time, I will find it difficult to rejoin the workforce anywhere in the world. The issue is that this market needs Australian experience, and we migrants do not have it. So even that we come to Australia legally as skilled migrants where the government confirms our skill in demand, many of us migrants cannot secure jobs. Unfortunately, if you read the immigration department reasons for why migrants leave Australia, they talk of stress and loneliness. My reply is why would someone get stressed in a beautiful city like Sydney, and why would anyone get lonely if you could find similar ethnic communities, you can talk to family and friends over skype daily, and can travel once or twice a year to see family and friends. A job would make all of that possible, but without a job, you surely get stressed, and you surely get anxious and then find yourself obliged to leave.

I hope the above answers your question. Wish you the best

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In my opinion Immigrants leaves any country mainly because they don't get jobs according to their education qualification, my cousin leave Singapore due due to same reason.


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I know a lot of people who have come here gotten their citizenship then left, mainly to pursue careers in places like Euro, Dubai or the States. They had no problem finding great jobs in Aus. They just wanted to have Australia as a back up.


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I think people leave for several different reasons :
- they haven't left their home country for the right reasons, and have underestimated how challenging it can be to start a new life abroad. they may have come because they have heard times and times again from the TV how much Australia was so great, and they idealized too much their move to Oz
- they can't find a job
- they miss their family and friends, and local culture. I know some british miss that pub "culture" they have in UK and that there is not in Aus.
- they feel lonely. it's difficult to make aussie friends. it can be difficult to make friends from your country too. if on top of that, the partner is very busy, it's hard to live like that

For someone who decides to move for good, i think it can take 1 or several years before feeling well. But that is not just for Aus, it's true for a move to any foreign country.
It also depends on your personality. I don't find it easy to migrate to Aus, but personally I can quite comfortably go and talk to anyone, aussie, chinese etc.., I feel ok alone, and I usually can easily adapt myself.

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