Why is Australia the most popular immigration destination for Brits (1.8 million) as opposed to the US (500,000)? Apart from distance, is it because it is far easier to pass a points-based test than get an employer sponsorship for a Green Card?

I have lived in Britain (7 years), the U.S. (12 years) and Australia (the rest of my life), so I feel fairly well qualified to answer.There are several factors involved. The first is that of the three countries, Britain and Australia are the most similar culturally. That is reflected