It is common knowledge that Australia is a massive economic-powerhouse which plays a part in the migration craze that is sweeping the globe. However, Australia is ahead of the game with their intake of foreign assets, because for years they have regulated which individuals can be allowed to call the great land of Australia their home.
Australia has undoubtedly gained from this policy of regulation as the GDP would suggest, but what is to be expected when only the cream of the crop of doctors, lawyers, accountants, top students and entrepreneurs are allowed to call "Down Under" their home? With 400 000 international students entering the country annually, and with 70 percent of them applying fo residency after graduation, it is difficult to imagine that Australia could want for anying more...
But this is misleading: Australia plans to tighten migration regulation in the near future, singling down the selection process to such a degree that to some the already difficult to achieve residency will be become a formidable task as only the elite will be granted entrance into this modern Elysium.
Australia protests that is is the responsibility of her government to make certain that the country remains prosperous. Examples such as London and Johannesburg where masses of unskilled and unemployed immigrants are found, is what Australia is trying to prevent.
Every year thousands of applicants are turned down by Australia's formidable migration regulation team, so much so that now even local inhabitants are concerned about thousands turning into hundreds of thousands Many local businesses and institutions rely primarily on a steady flow of immigrants into the country.
Universities fear for the loss of such a steady harvest of young minds, whilst also optimistically hoping that tighter regulation might lead to even more sharply honed individuals joining their ranks. If only the best are allowed in, only the best will be permitted to stay.
Some experts fear that Australia is beginning to push the bar a little too high. How long will it be before Australia has gleaned 'the best of the best' from its neighbour Asia, and also from all over the world? Economists speculate that through encouraging the growth of the ever mounting problem of the Global Brain Drain, Australia threatens to put a stop to Second and Third world development.
Australia, a land already reaping the benefits of economic success, is threatening the minorities of the economic world by effectively abducting their most brilliant minds and their brightest hopes, with the promise of a first world lifestyle.
This migration crisis is not solely Australia's fault; they are caught in a dilemma that demands to be solved. If they were to loosen their grip on migration regulations the obvious would happen: a flood of asylum seekers and unskilled immigrants would pour into the country, and financially endowed as Australia is, they would never be able to cope with a burden that would only increase exponentially.
Who can judge what is right and what is wrong when faced with a problem that holds the future of many thousands in its outcome? There will most certainly be much debate and I cannot as yet see a satisfactory resolution.