Fifty Years of Non-White Immigration

3. Nov, 2017

FIFTY YEARS OF NON-WHITE IMMIGRATION – Success or Failure?           

 

                Back in 1966 Australia signed the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and in the following years began dismantling the White Australia Policy. Gradually what had been an overwhelmingly white inflow of migrants had by the early 1980s became predominantly non-white. Nowadays India and China are two of the three biggest sources of immigrants and apart from Britain and Ireland, no other European country features in the ten main source countries for migrants.

            Many see the changes as an attack on our identity as a nation, our culture, heritage and way of life. Is Australia really any better? Have we benefitted in anyway or are we in a worse situation than we were forty years ago?

            First there is our economy which until recently we are told had only contracted four times in what was otherwise 25 years of uninterrupted growth. As measured by per capita gross domestic product (GDP) Australia once had the highest living standards in the world. Nowadays about 25 countries have higher per capita GDPs than us - in other words we have seen a decline in living standards relative to the rest of the world. Our balance of trade was in the black in November 2016, which was the first time we had not recorded a monthly trade deficit since March 2014. No wonder we have over a trillion dollars in foreign debt.

            As for our migrant population, while some are well qualified and get good jobs, virtually every Asian migrant nationality (except those from the Philippines) and every Middle Eastern migrant nationality has a higher rate of unemployment than people born in Australia. Most European migrants on the other hand actually have lower unemployment rates than the Australia-born.

            Then there is the question of migrant crime. The homicide rate in 1988 for instance was three times that of 1941. Areas of our big cities that have become home to large concentrations of Third World migrants are also noticeable for their high rates of crime. Over the years 2011 to 2015, New South Wales had an average murder rate of only 1.08 per 100,000 of population but the Sydney suburbs of Bankstown and Fairfield, both of which have high numbers of migrants had average murder rates about twice the state rate. Auburn, where almost two thirds of the people have migrated from Third World nations, the murder rate over the five years was 3.1, or at least three times the state average.

            Following the rise in crime was a substantial rise in imprisonment rates. From a little over 60 prisoners per 100,000 in 1975 the rate rose to 208 in 2016. Despite the over-representation of Aboriginals, and hence Australia-born, in our prisons a number of migrant nationalities still feature in prisoner statistics as being more likely to be our prisons than Australians, and these are almost always from non-European nations such as Sudan and Samoa.

            In short then our living standards have slipped in comparison to the rest of the world, we are stuck with too much unemployment, and probably many unemployables, parts of our large cities have become crime infested and no-go areas for many people, while we are hit with a large tax bill to pay for these problems. Changing from a homogenous to a “diverse” immigration intake has had more negatives than positives and if our policies cannot be reversed then at least the numbers of immigrants should be radically reduced.

 

Main sources:

Gwenda Tavan, “The Long, Slow Death of White Australia”, Scribe Publications, Melbourne 2005

Australia Government – Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 2015-16 Migration Programme Report

David Uren, “Budget Turmoil as GDP Slumps”, The Australian, 8 December 2016

CIA World Factbook Downloaded 4 January 2017

Paul Gilder, “A Surprise Surplus at Year’s End”, Daily Telegraph, 7 January 2017

Community Profiles based on the 2011 Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics

NSW Government – Justice – Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Downloaded January 2017

Australian Bureau of Statistics – 4517 – Prisoners in Australia, 2016, Downloaded 11 December 2016