Sydney Daily surveyed 2,000 people on Australia’s immigration policies, finding some 50% in favor of putting an end to immigration, as the country’s population continues to increase from 19.6 million a decade ago to 23 million.

Australia’s immigration programme is known for its lax policies in receiving immigrants to study and work in the country. Canberra set 185,000 slots for immigrants and 13,750 for refugees on humanitarian grounds. Only 32% welcomes more immigrants while 65% said “migrants should adopt the Australian way of life”.

The number of increasing immigrants raised concerns of job security for its locals in the midst of a shaky global economy. However, Australia will continue to see asylum-seekers arriving by boat from Asia. The issue of asylum-seekers is crucial to Australian politics, having dominated the national elections in 2010.