The most popular reasons for migration to Australia that most Australian immigration agents promote tend to be the great weather, a stable economy and a pathway to life ‘Down Under’…
But, with the global pandemic that is COVID-19 bringing the world to a veritable standstill, future considerations for migrating to Australia could very well rest on the country’s ability to safeguard its populace during increasingly uncertain times.
This article shares 5 reasons for migration to Australia in a “post”-COVID world and how these factors have contributed to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic so effectively.
5 Reasons For Migration To Australia After COVID (And Beyond)
1. The Weather
The most likely answer to “why do people migrate to Australia?” is usually “because of the warm weather” and it is definitely a major factor that people consider.
Whilst a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal indicates that warm weather is not likely to put a stop to the spread of transmissions/infections of COVID-19, Australia is home to a temperate climate with warm weather even in Autumn — and in “flu season” it is well known that warmer temperatures slow down the transmission of viruses.
With the likelihood of being infected by COVID-19 in crowded places like hospitals being higher for those with flu-like symptoms looking to get tested, warmer weather is an ally in helping reduce the chances of catching the flu and can’t be disregarded in the fight against COVID.
Generally, people in warmer climates tend to spend more time outdoors which limits their direct contact with other people, especially in places with spacious urban centres.
2. Spacious Urban Centers and A Sea Locked Country
Social distancing, widely regarded as the most effective weapon in preventing infections of COVID-19, is difficult to maintain in densely populated apartments and crowded places or countries with a high population density.
Australia has managed to combat and slow down transmission rates by sheer virtue of the fact that it is a sea locked country (protected borders) and has spacious urban centres — population density of 3 per Km² (9 people per mi²).
The country also has some of the most liveable cities in the world, with Melbourne having occupied the top spot for 7 years in a row up until recently and Sydney also being a regular feature on the list.
Combine all of this with the implementation of effective measures within a government that works together and you can begin to see how Australia has managed to flatten the curve when many other countries are still deep in the clutches of the pandemic.
3. Effective Cooperation Between Federal and State Governments
In times when decisive action is required, it is of critical importance that in-fighting ceases between state and territory governments.
Countries that rely on coalition governments, such as Germany and Israel, would typically struggle more with decision making and the passing of legislation to act in a timely manner.
Unlike what we see in the ongoing battle in the United States, Australia enjoys stable governance on all levels (local, state and federal) as demonstrated by the effectiveness of the National Cabinet — a special Australian intergovernmental decision-making forum established on 13 March 2020 to coordinate the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.
All of this showcases a dedication to the greater human cause and it is backed up even more solidly with a healthcare system that puts human life above profit.
4. A Strong Public and Private Health System
Australia provides free or subsidized healthcare that is covered by Medicare with a wide range of services that covers citizens and all eligible Australian residents.
The country’s strong public health system ensures that people who can’t afford private healthcare are not subject to high medical costs — another hot topic of debate that is still being fiercely contested in places like the US.
A clear directive of testing protocols which ensured that testing kits were adequately available also helped to properly monitor the spread of the virus and put Australia on the road to recovery a lot faster.
5. Readily Available and Transparent Data
Having access to the relevant testing/transmission data provided by both the government and the media has empowered Australia to deal with the pandemic effectively.
There is also no media bias due to state interference which makes the data as transparent and accurate as possible.
The government set up a dedicated WhatsApp channel to distribute information about the virus and educate the populace on how to protect themselves.
Furthermore, an application was developed (which is voluntary to download) that can help find and contain outbreaks quickly through tracking the infection status of registered users.
The openness of access to information is a hallmark of a democratic society that protects the lives of their citizens and is another one of the telling reasons for migration to Australia that you should consider when the proverbial doors open up again.
COVID-19 has fundamentally changed our collective way of life, but it hasn’t changed what Australia and the promise of a better life for all means.
Whether you’re exploring business migration to Australia, family migration to Australia or taking up study/employment, there are many pathways to securing a life in Australia post-COVID.
Our registered Australian immigration agents and lawyers are available to discuss your unique situation and immigration options to prepare you for the future.
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