In August, the largest number of Australians in the past year applied to leave the country.
According to Australian Border Force (ABF) statistics, there are 37,979 applications from individuals wishing to leave the country, of which 14,900 want to be abroad for more than three months.
The majority of applications (12,347) have been rejected. Australia is one of the few countries in the world where residents need to apply for a permit before leaving the country.
Latest numbers (pdf) It is revealed that Australians have been looking for opportunities to leave the country since January when ABF received 20,976 applications.
Andrew Cooper, president of Liberty Works, told Daily Telegraph:
“There is definitely that feeling there. People say I’m done,” he added.
Australia has the lowest COVID-19 infection and mortality rates, but state governments apply strict health restrictions and national border closures when there are signs of an outbreak.
In some cases, a single incident has blocked the entire city and allowed minimal movement.
Greater Sydney and Melbourne are currently trying to contain the outbreak of the delta variant of the virus, with both cities subject to long-term blockades and strict health restrictions such as mask obligations, curfew and travel. , Limited to within 5km of the person’s house.
Melbourne entered its sixth blockade on August 4th. This was initially planned for seven days after eight incidents occurred in the city. As a result, the blockade has been extended and is currently underway.
Meanwhile, Greater Sydney has been closed since June last year and has been extended twice until September 30th.
Frustration with strict health restrictions is beginning to boil, with increasing government-mandated restrictions, vaccine obligations, passport protests and petitions.
Recent figures also revealed that the blockade of damage provided mental health support services to Australians, Lifeline Australia says August was the busiest month on record.
Suicide Prevention According to Australian statistics, one in four Australians reported knowing who had committed suicide in the last 12 months.