9 000 Estonians live in Australia

During his meeting early this morning in Tallinn with Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet emphasised that the fifth largest community of Estonians lives in Australia (after Canada, Sweden, the United States, and Finland). “In recent years a considerable number of young Estonians have worked in Australia on work or vacation visas. There are nearly 9 000 Estonians in Australia,” said Paet. “To help our citizens living in Australia and to resolve issues related to social security and health insurance, we will continue active negotiations with Australia for concluding a bilateral social security agreement,” stated Paet.
Paet also told his Australian colleague about Estonia’s desire to intensify communication between Australian and Estonian entrepreneurs. “Estonia’s accession to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the euro zone will certainly make investing in Estonia more attractive,” noted Paet.
Both Estonia and Australia contribute to military activity and reconstruction work in Afghanistan. Paet stressed that Australia is the biggest non-NATO contributor to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. “The exchange of information and co-operation with Australia in the southern part of Afghanistan are valuable to Estonia,” said Paet. “Estonia works in Helmand Province, and Australia is also there in addition to Oruzgan Province and Kandahar,” Paet remarked.

Source: Estonian Review

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