Australia has been a popular immigration destination for skilled migrants for decades. In 2015, Australia not only had a net inflow of overseas migrants, but the land Down Under also attracted several thousand foreign-born millionaires.
Australia keeps attracting international talent
Mid-way through last year, people born overseas made up almost 30% of the Australian population. That’s a whopping 6.7 million people who have immigrated and now live in Australia.
In 2014/15, Australia gained roughly 168,200 people through immigration. Most of these immigrants chose to move to Australia’s south-eastern states, New South Wales and Victoria – likely lured by the appeal of Sydney and Melbourne.
South Africans still sweet on Oz
The latest census results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed a surge in the number of South African immigrants moving to Australia over the past five years.
South Africans have been attracted to the quality of life on offer in Australia for decades. In 2011, the number of Saffas living in Oz stood at around 145,000, with the average South African staying there for about ten years on average.
The ABS estimated that in 2015 South Africans now made up 0.8% of the population of Australia. This means that around 30,000 more South Africans have migrated since 2011. That’s 6,000 people a year, or just over 16 people per day.
As a South African, the Skilled Independent visa is a great way to secure the right to live and work in Australia, read more about it here.
Who wants to be a millionaire in Australia?
Earlier this year, New World Wealth published their findings on the international movements of high net worth individuals (HNWI). These are people who have net assets of USD 1 million or more.
The report lists the total number of HNWIs in a city; it also shows the inflow of millionaires in 2015. Three of the ten cities with the biggest inflows were found in Australia. Sydney and Melbourne were in first and second spot respectively. Perth came in at number eight.
The influx of everyone from highly skilled graduates to ultra-wealthy individuals is largely as a result of economic, social and political stability. Australia is also seen as a business-friendly destination, with plenty of opportunities available to entrepreneurs and established business people alike.
So whether you’re a millionaire or a motivated professional looking to start a new adventure, moving to Australia is a good bet for you. Friendly locals, sunny beaches and a quality of life that’s hard to match.