It was interesting to read that Australia is the main choice of destination to settle for Fiji people wanting to leave their homeland. Australia, then New Zealand before others. I suppose it is because they are not too far away and also they are both lands of excellent opportunities (hopefully) and they will be welcome. Immigration matters of course may be difficult and painfully slow but perseverence and patience gets you there in the end for applications.
from the Fiji Times:
Sunday, December 18, 2011
A tall 28-percent of Fiji's total migration numbers are reported to have picked Australia as their destination of choice.
A report released at the University of the South Pacific earlier this week showed Australia received the largest share of Fiji's migrants compared to other overseas destinations.
"Our study shows the three main destination countries for Fijian emigrants are Australia, New Zealand and the United States, which is consistent with the findings of a 2006 World Bank report," the Development on the Move report on Fiji said.
The report said 22 percent moved to New Zealand, 18 percent for he US while 10 percent migrated to the United Kingdom.
Other destinations quoted in the book were Iraq, Kuwait, Egypt, Afghanistan, South Africa, Japan, India, Philippines and other Pacific Island countries.
The report said largely ethnic Fijian teachers and nurses have migrated to work in Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.
Australia's regional de' attache, Judith Robinson said Australia has benefited from Fiji migrants over the years.
"In return, the Australian government is doing a number of things that we hope will be part of the migration scheme and we hope will be ultimately beneficial not only for officials but countries as well,"