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Australian Expatriates: Who Are They?

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Author(s): David Calderón Prada

Journal: Coolabah
ISSN 1988-5946

Volume: 1;
Start page: 39;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: expatriation | distance | history | culture | repatriation | collective consciousness.

ABSTRACT
Australia is made up of 20 million people and, interestingly enough, overone million of the total population live overseas. Australians living abroadare known as `expatriates´ and they have a particular profile: highlyeducated and better skilled than their counterparts at home. Thus, on theone hand, a general division may be established between expatriates andAustralians living at home; on the other, a particular division betweenexpatriates themselves, which depends on the individual reasons that pushthem to leave Australia. At this point, it is important to outline the generalreasons that lead expatriates to go overseas. To begin with, in terms ofmigration, Australia is both historically and contemporarily linked to othercountries. Secondly, Australia is geographically isolated and, therefore, faraway from the main global markets. Finally, it is quite right to concludethat although the logical assumption of expatriation is distance, expatriatesare mentally, and often emotionally, linked to Australia and, therefore, theunderstanding of their situation is more positive than negative.
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