David McWilliams: How immigrants helped generate an economic miracle in Australia

‘Lucky Country’ can thank new arrivals, common-sense policy and luck for its expansion

Today almost one-third of Australians are born elsewhere, and one in 10 are Asian. Photograph: Getty

Today almost one-third of Australians are born elsewhere, and one in 10 are Asian. Photograph: Getty

At this time of year, there are few better barometers of the state of the nation than arrivals at Dublin Airport as tens of thousands of emigrants flock home.

For the first time in many years the deluge from Australia will have dried up to a trickle.

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