Full house Down Under?

People enjoying the hot weather at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Out of Australia's population of about 25 million people, about five million live in Sydney and 4.7 million in Melbourne.
People enjoying the hot weather at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Out of Australia's population of about 25 million people, about five million live in Sydney and 4.7 million in Melbourne.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Calls for immigration intake to be cut as big cities are overcrowded

Australia is in the grip of a fierce debate over whether to restrict the flow of migrants amid concerns that the major cities are "overcrowded".

Despite the country having one of the lowest overall population densities in the world, most of its residents are squeezed into a handful of increasingly congested cities along the coast.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2018, with the headline 'Full house Down Under?'. Print Edition | Subscribe