Australia conducted a national survey which tracked public opinion on immigration. The Mapping Social Cohesion Survey 2018 was conducted by the Scanlon Foundation.
The survey found that 4 out of 5 Australians saw benefit in immigration. The survey randomly chose 1500 Australians. 52% of the respondents felt that the current level of immigration was just about right or even lower than required. This is in contrast to political views concerned over rising immigration.
The survey revealed that 82% of Australians believed immigration is good for their society. Immigrants bring new ideas and cultures thereby improving Australian society.
80% of Australians also believed that immigration was good for the Australian economy.
As per ABS, Australia’s population has grown from 19.9 million in 2006 to 25 million this year. It is projected to reach 30 million in another decade between 2029 and 2033.
54% of the respondents raised concern on the overcrowding of cities as a result of immigration. 48% raised concerns over the Government’s management of the population growth. 49% raised concerns on the rising housing prices as a result of immigration.
To ease the pressure on major Australian cities, PM Scott Morrison has announced the reduction in immigration numbers. Last month, he announced that Australia would reduce the migration intake by 30,000 places.
Australia’s immigration cap has been 190,000 since the year 2012-13. However, in 2017-18, only 163,000 PR visas were issued. This included both family and skilled visas, as per SBS.
Despite the reduction in numbers, a majority of Australians believe multiculturalism is good for the Australian society. Most respondents viewed multiculturalism as a dual-sided process of change. It involved adaptation from both sides-Australian and the overseas immigrants. 54% of the respondents believed that migrants should adapt to become more like the people in Australia. 37%, on the other hand, believed that the Govt. should assist ethnic minorities to maintain their traditions and customs.
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