Best Countries Survey

Best Countries Survey

Australia is ranked in the top four countries to be an immigrant, according
to a new global study.

The nation polled highly in measures such as economic stability, income equality and job markets, which were used to create the list compiled by ranking company US News and World Report. Sweden, a strong social welfare state that has long been considered a haven for migrants, took the top spot, followed by Canada, Switzerland, and then Australia. Germany rounded out the top five.

More than 21,000 people worldwide participated in the Best Countries survey. Four of these –economically stable, good job market, income equality and is a place I would live – were included in the ranking.

Data on migrant populations from the World Bank and the United Nations was also used to determine the outcome of the rankings. The methodology did take into account immigration policies and integration measures per analysis from the United Nations.

Australia ranked eighth overall in the US News Best Countries poll, which also considers quality of life, entrepreneurship, cultural influence and adventure. Four of these – economically stable, good job market, income equality and is a place I would live – were included in the ranking.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently claimed that Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world. He said 26% of our people were born overseas, and half the population have one parent that was born overseas. Australia is a diverse nation, with people from every part of the world. Migration is transforming the age profile of Australia and the labour force, with young migrants, predominantly in their 20s, accounting for 80% of the workforce growth in the past five years.

From 2011 to 2016, employment grew by 730,000 people, with 600,000 of them being migrants arriving in that period. On 18 July 2017, the government announced a new federal super-ministry of Home Affairs will be set up, including the Australian Federal Police, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), and the Australian

Border Force. This new super-ministry will be headed by Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton. The Prime Minister says this new ministry is the most significant reform of Australia’s national intelligence and domestic security arrangements and their oversight in more than 40 years.