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Australians abandon Britain for better jobs back home
London, Nov 25 (Agencies):
Published on 25 Nov. 2008 11:59 PM IST
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Thousands of Australians are leaving Britain to return home to better jobs and nicer weather, according to new figures. For the first time in thirty years, record numbers of Antipodeans are quitting their bar jobs, walking out of their crowded share houses and buying a ticket back home. Among the reasons for the exodus is the economic gloom that is gripping Britain. According to the Australian Government’s Immigration Department, an average of 2,700 Australians are leaving each month, up from 1,750 a month in 2005, the Times reports. In the 12 months to June, 13,062 Australians applied for working holiday visas compared with more than 27,000 two years ago. The figures bring an end to an era, started in the seventies, that saw waves of Australians setting up home in London. First, they came on a budget, their sheer number giving Earls Court in West London the nickname Kangaroo Valley. More recently a new wave of professional, educated Australians were tempted by the strong pound and good job opportunities. But no longer. A poor economic outlook for Britain has taken the shine off life in London. Australia’s economy is believed to be more robust that Britain’s, and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is hoping to avoid a recession. Bernard Salt, KPMG’s leading analyst of Australian demographic trends, said that with skills shortages and low unemployment at 4.7 per cent, Australia was seen as a safe option. “The economic crisis has had blanket coverage in Washington, New York and London,” he told the paper. “Back in Australia, it’s come off page 1 of the papers.”

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