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Myself and family have been to many migration shows regarding moving down under. I have an 18 year old daughter studying childcare and a son aged 13, do you think my children are too old to adapt to a new country and life away from all they know and love? Also, have we enough money to start a new life, I would estimate roughly £60/70k, both myself and husband would work full time needing a mortgage on ahome. Will life in Oz be better for my kids is there much crime, is employment better, I know all that we see on the tv in Australia is great but in reality is life better.
My husband and daughter are set on the idea of going, my son and I are dubious, my son has lots of friends, and I am very close to my parents and sister, it would be very upsetting to leave but I do want a better life for my kids and their future. I would hopefully be able to get a skilled visa as childcare co ordinator.

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Comment by BJ on January 19, 2009 at 23:50
Great advice from Jim there.
Nobody can give you the answer to the questions you ask. Only you can decide.
My three boys love the laid back life here, we moved our eldest at 13yo with no problem.
It's a great life and still the land of opportunity.
Good luck.
Comment by the terry's on January 19, 2009 at 16:38
Hi guys, don't worry about the age situation, I have 4 kids, nearly 19, 17, nearly 15 and a 2 year old. Older one's were worried about leaving their friends but after talking things through are quite happy to give it a go. We're going on a reccie to validate our visa's as we haven't sold our house yet, and in the unlikely event that we don't like it in Oz then we've lost nothing, it's just going to be an expensive holiday and not the most costly mistake we've made, if you see what I mean. As for the money, I've known people on another forum I'm on and they went across on £3,000 ! Just make sure you have enough spare for the first 2-3 months in case you can't get a job straightaway, or see if you can get a job offer before you go. Good luck in what you decided to

Comment by Jim Gordon Registered Migration Agent on January 19, 2009 at 14:59
Hi Jaqueline,

Lot of questions there!

First of all, no Road Show (that's what I call them) is ever going to give you the true answers to your questions!

At such places you will only find out if you could go! You must bear in mind some people will tell you what they think you want to hear.

I was a migrant years ago, I have trod this path.

Your children will love the way of life. In fact don't be surprised that they come to you in a few years time to say they are going to visit Australia on a working holiday visa.

My best advice, if you haven't been, is take a long holiday down there. Look at the climate of each region and see how you find the people.

You will always be a pom, but if you have a sense of humor, take people as they are and muck in!

I think you will like it.

As for leaving people behind....that's the difficult one.

I am now a Registered Migration Agent based in the UK (an Aussie/Pom ).

My kids even call me a pom.......but when I look at them and what's going on in the UK, I'm glad I gave them a life they enjoy and a future.

Crime is everywhere but the UK does seem to have a fair amount of it.

I hope this helps.

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