South African’s are amongst the top nations interested in immigrating to Australia. In fact, Australia’s latest immigration figures show a growth in interest of 22% among prospective South African migrants to make Australia their home.
In fact, research figures show that South African nationals show enough interest in Australia to be placed among the top five of the expat population interested in life Down Under. No surprise here, India’s expat interest grew by 55%, followed by Japan 48%, UAE 26%, South Africa 22% and Ireland 11%.
These findings are based on the outcome of the latest analysis of millions of job searches by INDEED.
The rise in interest in Australia came despite the axing of 457 visas for skilled migrants, replaced by shorter term visas that make it harder to gain permanent residency, as well as reducing the number of eligible skills.
And fewer Australians are looking for roles offshore. Overseas jobs searches from Australia dropped 10%, with job seekers looking less at the US and UK and more at Canada and Asia, including Japan, Korea, China and Singapore.
Indeed Australia and New Zealand managing director, Chris McDonald, says the analysis suggests that migrants are paying less attention to the jobs available and more attention to the sosio-economic and political environments of their prospective adoptive countries
"Because of political and economic uncertainty in the US and UK, it is likely that job seekers are looking less at these markets and increasingly at countries such as Australia, Canada and, also to Asia,” he says – something which can be said about South Africa too.
"International job seekers look firstly to those countries where their skills are in demand and then consider whether local policy settings such as visa and sponsorship arrangements provide scope for them to pursue job opportunities.
“It will be interesting to observe whether publicity around the tightening of Australia’s working visa regime will have any impact on the increased levels of interest we have seen from overseas workers."