I guess its why I ask the questions, read this:
[h=1]Australia & NZ Want New Immigration Deal Following Brexit[/h]
Following the Brexit vote in the UK the potential for freedom of movement between Australia, NZ, Canada and the UK has become, at last, a possibility. This has been widely discussed in the past and for many years these countries have held bi-annual discussions on Immigration to share ideas on their criteria and policies.
By leaving the European Union the United Kingdom will soon be exempt from unlimited free movement with other EU member states, and therefore able to negotiate its own immigration protocols, including free movement agreements within the Commonwealth.
Mr Turnbull told reporters in Adelaide on Monday that he'd been in contact with his New Zealand counterpart, John Key, and said the opportunities are "considerable". The old Commonwealth countries want to see a closer union of people and trade. Mr Turnbull is a proud loyalist and has always wanted closer links with the UK.
"We have many, many common interests in terms of dealing with that, both from a trade point of view and from a movement of person point of view..." he said.
While we believe stronger links will be developed with the UK, and the freedom of movement improved, we do not believe immigration will be uncontrolled. The UK has just voted to leave the EU on the basis of free immigration and is unlikely to jump into another agreement just yet. That said if there was a freedom of movement agreement between the UK and NZ, Australia and Canada there would be limited and more equal levels of movement than seen in recent years from the EU to the UK.
It is some years away before the desired final outcome to be closer is agreed, but for now it is very good news for all concerned to be able to rebuild the connection neither party really wanted to leave behind.
In previous years the UK and the Commonwealth benefited from several immigration accords which allowed people to move freely. The most famous programme was the £10 pom to Australia. Another popular scheme is the working holiday programme, which in recent years has seen a decline in numbers.
Australia needs tradespeople and over 400 people a day are emigrating. As the EU becomes a less favourable destination it is only inevitable Australia and Canada will benefit from the talent the UK will export in the years to follow Brexit.