The Scanlon Foundation released a report which showed that 4 out of 5 Australians feel immigration is beneficial. It conducted a survey tracking the opinion of the people on immigration and population concerns.
The 2018 Mapping Social Cohesion survey randomly surveyed 1500 Australians. 52% of the respondents felt that the current immigration numbers are just right. 43% felt that the immigration numbers were too high.
Andrew Markus, Researcher from Monash University, said that 82% of respondents felt immigration improved the Australian society. Immigrants brought new ideas and cultures which improved the society.
80% of Australians agree that immigration is good for the economy. They felt immigration is good for the country as it brought fresh ideas and created new jobs.
From 19.9 million in 2006 to reach 25 million in August 2018, Australia’s population has increased by 5 million. As per the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it is projected to reach 30 million between 2029 and 2033.
54% of the respondents showed concern at the overcrowding of the major Australian cities. 49% raised concern over the increasing housing prices due to immigration. 48% indicated concern at the Australia govt.’s insufficient management of population increase.
The Australian Govt. feels that stringent migration rules could ease the stress on the Australian cities. PM Scott Morrison plans to cut down the migration intake numbers by 30,000.
The annual cap for migration has been set at 1, 90,000 from 2012-13. The year 2017-18 saw the lowest intake in a decade. Only 163,000 PR visas were issued under both the skilled and family visas.
85% of respondents agreed that multiculturalism was good for Australia. Most respondents felt that multiculturalism was a two-way change. It involved adaptation both from the people in Australia and from the ones coming from overseas. 54% of respondents felt that immigrants should adapt their behavior to be like the people of Australia. However, 37% felt that the govt. should support ethnic minorities to maintain their traditions and customs.
Fewer than 1 in 5 respondents said that they experienced discrimination on the basis of their religion or skin color. However, that number has not risen since 2016, as per SBS.
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