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New Zealand Immigration

New Zealand Immigration

Mar 12, 2014

New Zealand Geography – New Zealand is in the South Pacific Ocean – New Zealand is made up of two main islands, called North and South Islands – The total land area of New Zealand is 270,000 square kilometers (104,000 square miles) meaning it is slightly larger than the UK, but could fit into Australia 28 times and fit into the United States or Canada around 34 times. – The closest country to New Zealand is Australia (1343 miles away) – New Zealand is 3 and a half hour flight from Sydney Australia, and a 10 hour flight from Hong Kong, Singapore or Tokyo to Auckland. New Zealand Weather – As New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, its seasons are completely opposite to countries north of the equator. Winter in New Zealand lasts from June until August and summer is between December and February. – The overall climate is fairly mild due to NZ being surrounded by sea. . The temperate ranges from 20–30°C (68–86°F) in summer, and from 5–15°C (41-59°F) in winter. New Zealand Population – 75% of New Zealand’s population live on the north Island, the majority around Auckland. – The population of New Zealand is just over four million people. All are either immigrants or descended from migrants from over 145 countries. New Zealand Language – English is the main spoken written language – The Maori language is officially recognized and is becoming increasingly popular in NZ – now over 4% of the populations are fluent. More and more we’re seeing Māori words becoming part of the general language used by all Kiwis, for example kapai (”kar pie”) = good, whanau (”far know”) = a family group, manakai (”ky”) is food. History of New Zealand Immigration – The Maori’s first arrived in New Zealand over 600 years ago. – The 19th Century saw large numbers of people from the UK, and after WWII brought European immigrants to New Zealand to build a new life. – During the 1960s people from neighbouring Pacific Islands, Samoa and Tonga settled in NZ. The 1980s brought an increasing number of people from China, Korea and South Africa to New Zealand. Now NZ is a...

Australia Immigration

Australia Immigration

Mar 12, 2014

Australia Australia is often referred to as the “lucky country” with temperate climate, impressive landscape, growing economy, political stability and a quality of life envied by many. Australia is known around the world for its stunning landscapes. It is surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans.   It is the sixth largest country in the world and is about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 per cent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world – just two people per square kilometers.   One of the oldest continents, Australia is as wide as the distance from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei and as long as the distance from Singapore to Manila. Australia is the only country that occupies an entire continent. In 2005–06, more than 131,000 people immigrated to Australia, mainly from Asia and Oceania.The migration target for 2006–07 was 144,000.Perth, Western Australia is one of the most isolated regional capital cities in the world. Australia opens its doors to about 300,000 new migrants in 2008-09—its highest level since the Immigration Department was created after World War II. Australian estimating population in the year 2008 is 21,370,800.     Australia has had persistently large current account deficits for more than 50 years. Australia has grown at an average annual rate of 3.6% for over 15 years, a period in which the OECD annual average was 2.5%Since 1788, the primary basis of Australian culture has been Anglo-Celtic, although distinctive Australian features soon arose from the country’s unique environment and the pre-existing indigenous culture. Over the past 50 years, Australian culture has been strongly influenced by American popular culture (particularly television and cinema), large-scale immigration from non-English-speaking countries and Australia’s Asian neighbours. The vigour and originality of the arts in Australia—literature, cinema, opera, music, painting, theatre, dance, and crafts—have achieved international...