Originally Posted by Ikki
Just curious: do you happen to see a lot of Americans emigrating? I've never encountered more Americans than in the past few years in Australia. It seems like they're coming for work.
No, but the country is so big and vastly different from one place to another that anecdotal evidence means even less than the usual 'nothing'. I don't know anyone personally, primarily because the type of jobs that people would generally go find in places like Australia are not impossible to get here. I mean, if I hang out around PhDs, the job market isn't great in the US, but the US still has more opportunities than pretty much anywhere in the world in science. Thankfully, with our size and the massive public investments we've made in our university system, our research sector has been, and continues to be very strong.
In any case, even in industry, It's not the technical type jobs that are going away, in general. There's still demand for things like that. I mean, if I wanted to go back to being a software engineer full time, I'm confident of finding something within a month at most. But if I had a random degree or my skills were more 'fuzzier' - even something like an MBA (unless it's from a top ten place), it would be much, much harder to land something.
With that said, there could be a historically large percentage of people emigrating, but since its not in the news here, and I don't see it around me, I can't really say. I'm sure there are some official stats that could be found somewhere.