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Sat 30 Aug 2008 12:15 PM

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UAE blamed for Australian 'man drought'

Gender imbalance blamed on the 12,000 male Australians living in Dubai.

The UAE has been blamed for a gender imbalance in Australia, which has seen single women down under suffering a severe ‘man drought’.

New Australian census figures have revealed there are almost 100,000 more females than males in Australia, according to a report by British broadcaster the BBC on Saturday.

The report quotes Australian demographer Bernard Salt as saying the exodus of young men to foreign countries is the cause of the imbalance.

"If you go into the United Arab Emirates census you'll find there is around 12,000 Australians living in Dubai, mostly male, mostly in the 25 to 34-year age group.

"Here is an example of one country that has drawn out a specific age demographic out of Australia which has contributed to the 'man drought'," Salt told the BBC.

The Australian statistics have revealed the problem is worse in the coastal cities, where women have moved seeking better jobs and lifestyles, while thousands of men in their 20s and early 30s have gone overseas to travel or to work.

Major cities in Australia now have concentrated groups of unattached women, along with dwindling numbers of the opposite sex.

But outside of larger Australian towns and cities is different, with women abandoning rural areas, leaving behind communities loaded with younger males.

Earlier this month the major of remote Australian town Mount Isa sparked a political storm after calling for ugly women to move to the Queensland mining town.

John Molony had told a newspaper that "with five blokes to every girl, may I suggest that beauty-disadvantaged women should proceed to Mount Isa".

The council has since been swamped with complaints from both men and women.

Located 1,829km from Brisbane, Mount Isa is home to one of the world's biggest underground mines.

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Vishal 12 years ago

Good time to move to Australia methinks :-)

SR 12 years ago

I read the original article that appeared on BBC yesterday. I dont think it really "blames" UAE as such, it has only referred to UAE as an example. When you say UAE blamed, it has an entirely different meaning!!!

Gloryb 12 years ago

As an Aussie what a joke - the imbalance has always been there - the rural areas lack women and the city areas men. Partner selection criteria causes a lot of singles to remain that way - they want the "perfect partner" - "the fairytale"

oopsy daisy 12 years ago

Men of the UAE (and Vishal above in particular) - please don't move to Sydney unless you are rich and good looking!!! And if you are... bring your friends too!

Jasmine 12 years ago

Lol, just met an obviously Aussie guy in a lift today who had just come back from a day of surfing at the beach... and I'm thinking why not? He gets a lot more money here than he gets back in Oz, plus he gets his beach and his lifestyle... Except for a few sacrifices, he's not losing out in any way.. so why would the bloke stick around in Oz?

Vishal 12 years ago

....in that case, I'll see you in Sydney :-)

Avinash 12 years ago

That's what friends are for!

Ferdinand 12 years ago

Hahaha. It seems that this is an invitation not only for UAE males but also other arab countries seeking beautiful women of Oz.