Why migrate to Australia from China?
There are a variety of reasons why Chinese people migrate to Australia. Australia is a developed country with a wide range of economic opportunities. It has a relaxed and pleasant lifestyle. The first language of Australia is English, although Australia harbours residents from all over the world meaning that Australian society has achieved a high level of multiculturalism, often celebrating its cultural diversity and acceptance of people from countries all over the world. Australia is a nation of migrants, much of its success depends on the hard work and determination to succeed which migrating people often bring to its economy and community.
What is the process to migrate from China to Australia?
The earliest documented Chinese settler was Mak Sai Ying, who arrived in 1818, and purchased land in Parramatta. He married an English woman; Sarah Thompson, in 1823, changed his name to John Shying, and by 1829 held the licence for a Parramatta public house, the Lion. He returned to China in 1832, but was back in Sydney five years later. Some of his children became furniture makers, and descendants live in Melbourne today. This story of integrating while maintaining ties with China was repeated over and over in the nineteenth century. European immigrants often found the long trip ‘home’ a daunting prospect, but many Chinese did not feel so distant from old connections.
To be accepted for migration to Australia you must meet the personal and occupational requirements of the category for which you’re applying, and be of good health and character. The Australian migration programme (often spelled program) is divided into two main categories: migration and humanitarian. Migration is split as follows:
Family migration, where people can be sponsored by a relative who’s an Australian citizen or a permanent resident.
Skilled migration, with categories for people with particular business or work skills or ‘outstanding talents’ and a separate quota for states or territories with particular skill shortages.
Special eligibility migration, covering former citizens or residents wanting to return to Australia, and also certain New Zealanders.