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Episode 16: The Australian Swing on Migration

Asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea.

A nationwide survey shows a majority of Australians now think the country's immigration intake is too high. Why?

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Un sondaggio su scala nazionale mostra come la maggior parte degli australiani ritenga che il livello di immigrazione nel paese sia troppo alto.

Il sondaggio telefonico e online su un campione di 1200 persone eseguito dal Lowy Institute di Sydney mostra che il 54% della popolazione ritenga che il numero di immigrati accolti all'anno sia eccessivo: solo 4 anni fa la percentuale era del 37%.

La direttrice del Lowy Institute Alex Oliver ritiene che i messaggi anti-immigrazione di One Nation e quelli dell'ex Primo Ministro Tony Abbott possano aver avuto un ruolo decisivo in questo cambiamento di percezione.

La responsabile del Migration Council of Australia, Carla Wilshire, ha aggiunto che il dibattito sull'immigrazione tende a focalizzarsi sempre sul numero dei migranti a scapito di altri aspetti che secondo lei sono egualmente importanti.

Continuare ad interrogarsi sui numeri, secondo la Wilshire, non dovrebbe essere il punto centrale della questione.

"The question we should be asking is, 'What is Australia's future, and what do we need in order to make that outcome a reality?' And we do absolutely need critical skills in industries that are going to open up linkages and pathways and economic activity for Australia globally. We need a certain level of population, in terms of our physical security within the region."

Il sondaggio del Lowy Institute copre diversi temi.

Un altro risultato chiave è la mancanza di fiducia nei confronti del presidente degli Stati Uniti Donald Trump, con appena il 30% degli australiani che dichiarano di avere "molta' o "qualche" fiducia che il presidente "faccia la cosa giusta in politica estera".

C'è stato inoltre un aumento significativo del numero di australiani che ritiene come il governo australiano permetta troppi investimenti da parte della Cina.

La ricerca rivela che il 72% è preoccupato, in confronto con il 56% nel 2014.

E mentre le dichiarazioni anti-immigrazione potrebbero aver influenzato i risultati sul numero dei migranti da accogliere, sembra che le critiche dei politici sulle fonti di energia rinnovabile non siano riuscite a smorzare il sostegno degli australiani verso le rinnovabili.

Il sondaggio mostra come il 59% degli australiani veda il riscaldamento globale come un problema serio ed urgente, con l'84% che vuole che il governo si concentri sulle rinnovabili.

Alex Oliver del Lowy Institute ha dichiarato di esser sorpresa dal risultato, tenendo conto del dibattito accesso sulla sicurezza energetica

"We repeated a question this year that we asked for the first time last year, comparing the case for renewables and the case for coal, or traditional energy sources such as coal and gas, and, despite the fact that there's been a huge amount of debate about renewables, energy security, the importance of coal-fired power for continued reliability of an electricity supply, the number of Australians who actually say the government should focus more on renewables is up three points this year to 84 per cent."

English

A nationwide survey shows a majority of Australians now think the country's immigration intake is too high.

The telephone and online survey of 1,200 people by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute has found 54 per cent of the population feels the annual intake is too much, up from 37 per cent just four years ago.

Lowy Institute research director Alex Oliver says she suspects anti-migration commentary from One Nation and former prime minister Tony Abbott has played a significant role in the change of feeling.

The head of the Migration Council of Australia, Carla Wilshire, says the debate over immigration tends to always centre around the actual number of migrants at the expense of other aspects she says are important.

She says just questioning the numbers should not be the focus.

"The question we should be asking is, 'What is Australia's future, and what do we need in order to make that outcome a reality?' And we do absolutely need critical skills in industries that are going to open up linkages and pathways and economic activity for Australia globally. We need a certain level of population, in terms of our physical security within the region."

The Lowy Institute poll covers a broad range of topics.

Another key finding is a lack of confidence in United States president Donald Trump, with only 30 per cent of Australians having either "a lot" or "some" confidence in him "to do the right thing regarding world affairs."

There has also been a significant rise in the number of Australians who say the federal government is allowing too much investment from China.

The survey found 72 per cent have concerns, compared with 56 per cent in 2014. 

And while anti-immigration commentary might have influenced the results on the migrant intake, politicians' criticism of renewable energy appears to have failed to dampen Australians' support for renewables.

The poll found 59 per cent of Australians view global warming as a serious and pressing problem and  84 per cent want the government to focus on renewables.

Alex Oliver from the Lowy Institute says she was surprised by that result, considering the vigorous debates over energy security.

"We repeated a question this year that we asked for the first time last year, comparing the case for renewables and the case for coal, or traditional energy sources such as coal and gas, and, despite the fact that there's been a huge amount of debate about renewables, energy security, the importance of coal-fired power for continued reliability of an electricity supply, the number of Australians who actually say the government should focus more on renewables is up three points this year to 84 per cent."

Report by Greg Dyett

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