WHY am I living here? What has motivated me to leave behind the sun and surf of summer in Australia, and move thousands of kilometres away to a country which is dark, predominantly grey and gloomy? What are my reasons for being here?
These are questions every Australian living in the UK has at some point asked themselves during their stay. Usually when faced with another day of constant drizzle, or stuck on a bus in traffic on the way to work. They are also questions that a student of the University of the West of England hopes to answer.
Madeline Kirby is currently in her last year of a BA(Hons) Geography Degree undertaking a dissertation research project titled What are the key motivations for Australian migration to the United Kingdom? A London case study.
Madeline is studying the trends of people migrating from Australia to the UK, where migrants are choosing to live in London, and their motivations behind making the move, particularly considering the current economic climate.
“There has been a gap in recent years of data on migration from Australia to the UK, in particular London, and I am attempting to fill this gap with my dissertation,” says Madeline.
Madeline is hoping to collect accurate primary data on this topic through the use of a short questionnaire survey.
These are important questions and the data collected will provide interesting insights into the spread, makeup and motivations of the Australian community living in London. Australian Times is interested to see the results of this survey, and encourages all its readers to participate to assist Madeline get the most comprehensive and accurate information available.
The survey only takes approximately 2 minutes to complete, and will be completely anonymous and used only for the purpose of the dissertation. If you wish to assist Madeline, go to .
Australian Times will report on the outcome of Madeline’s research, and maybe we’ll all be able to find an answer to that question — why are we here?