I heard that Australia are stopping working holiday visa's next Feb due to overcrowding.
I find that extremely hard to believe. (For one, backpackers inject way more money into the Australian economy than they take out of it.) Do you have any kind of source you can link to? Otherwise I'd consider this a baseless rumour.
I have a friend in Melbourne who is a backpacker who stated that to me, said a lot of people are on about how many backpackers are there now. Maybe with the recession a great deal of people are heading to Oz for the work and good wages
Given the massive drop in the value of the Australian dollar (nearly 50% compared to the US dollar, or 25% compared to the Euro), Australian wages are much less attractive now than they used to be (and backpackers can travel around for much longer without needing to work).
Sure, when work is hard to find, some locals will undoubtedly complain about "backpackers stealing all the jobs" (same as they do about Asians, and people from all over the world do about the largest groups of immigrants and temporary workers from countries other than their own (it's always easiest to place blame for bad circumstances with an outside group)), but that's just baseless fear talking and has no relationship whatsoever with government policy.
edit: also, if you look at the actual news page about WHVs on the Australian immigration website, you won't find anything about upcoming limitations, while what you do see is that in the last six months they've increased the cap for visas for several countries, and added new agreements for other countries.
Additionally, searching on google news for anything about this, the only vaguely relevant article I found was this one, saying that the number of people heading over to Australia on a working holiday visa has actually dropped by 7.5% during the previous quarter.
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 16, 2008, at 11:33 AM by Sander ]
madpoet, the US is officially in recession, and Canada is on the verge of announcing it.
I'm still moving forward on my plans to travel through Europe this summer...
What you have to also keep in mind is that if a place is undergoing a recession, then their tourism industry is likely also hit, and will probably be offering discounts or specials in a bid for more customers...
I heard that Australia are stopping working holiday visa's next Feb due to overcrowding. I have friends there now who are finding it hard to get work.
This is definitely not true... I've never seen so many signs around looking for staff.
I know Hamilton Island (on the Great Barrier Reef - beautiful area) are begging for staff.
Anyone keen to come to Australia to work, now is the best time as our dollar has gone down the toilet and there's heaps of jobs!
I study Print Journalism at Nottingham Trent Uni I'm doing some research on travelling in the recession for my feature on CoachSurfing - for my dissertation.
I know these posts were in 2008, but I was wondering if anyone would be willing to talk to me about their plans for travelling in the future and how the recession has changed them?
I would really appreciate it