May 31, 2021
Since the First Fleet dropped anchor in 1788, close to 10 million immigrants have moved from across the world to start a new life in Australia.
They have arrived in waves, encouraged by developments like the 1850s gold rushes, or to escape adverse conditions at home such as the Industrial Revolution’s social upheavals in 19th-century Britain, the two world wars, and the aftermath of the Vietnam War in the 1970s.
Collectively these migrants have helped shape what was a uniquely British-based and now multicultural society in Australia.
In today’s podcast, I chat with leading demographer Simon Kuestenmacher about the history of migration and how it’s changed our culture and our property markets over the years, and what’s happening to migration now because of our border restrictions.
Australia is the land built on migration
Immigration to Australia began about 80,000 years ago. And from the 17th century on, the continent was explored by Europeans. European settlements began to crop up around 1788, and the discovery of gold in 1851 drove more activity and permanent settlements. Immigrants have been queuing up to come to the country ever since.
But what’s happening to immigration in our nation at the moment?
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Shownotes plus more here: Australia: a land built on immigration, but what’s ahead? With Simon Kuestanmacher
Some of our favourite quotes from the show:
“Just because of the cost of living, we do need more apartments, but we need different apartments than we’ve built in the past.” – Michael Yardney
“I know it might sound cliché but work a little bit less and play a little bit more.” – Michael Yardney
“Remember, most of the things we worry about don’t happen, or if they do happen, they’re not as serious as we thought they would be.” – Michael Yardney
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