Migrants to be forced into regional Australia under federal government population plan

Migrants to be forced into regional Australia under federal government population plan

Overseas migration accounts for 60 per cent of Australia's population growth, with nearly 90 per cent of skilled workers gravitating to Melbourne and Sydney, as well as almost all of the humanitarian intake.

Thousands of new migrants could be banned from living in the nation's biggest cities under a radical plan to tackle congestion.

Critics such as former Australian Border Force chief Roman Quaedvlieg said requiring migrants to live in regional areas could be hard to enforce.

However, some experts are questioning whether to follow up on this idea and whether it will help achieve your goals.

Although the rate of population growth Australia ranks 77 in the world, according to the world Bank, it is the highest among OECD countries.

The proposal was not detailed at this stage, but such visas could carry a "geographical requirement. for at least a few years".

"We must ensure there is a thorough understanding of the key factors that drive population growth, before implementing policies that have the capacity to negatively impact jobs growth and the economy", Pearson said.

"There are places that want more people and yet we have Melbourne and Sydney which are absolutely growing very, very fast and people are really feeling the pressure of migration there".

"The settlement even a slightly larger number of new migrant in smaller States and regions can lead to a significant reduction in the load on our major cities", said Mr Taj in his speech on Tuesday.

Other incentives would also be offered, Mr Tudge said, in the hope that migrants would remain in regional areas permanently.

That has contributed to infrastructure and congestion problems, with Melbourne and Sydney each expected to exceed eight million residents by 2030.

Such visa restrictions would not extend to migrants on family reunion or employer-sponsored visas, he said.

The Opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) criticized Tudge for his lack of detail on which visa categories would be targeted under the policy.

"There is a strong argument for the government to redirect new migrants to the bush. but there needs to be sufficient employment for them, and that's the big Achilles heel of the whole idea", Prof Jock Collins from the University of Technology told the BBC.

Tudge would not say how immigrants might be punished if they strayed from where they were supposed to live or whether they might be deported.

Melissa Montero, an immigrant advocate and chief executive of the Sydney-based community migrant resource centre, said immigrants need social support, language services as well as jobs to successfully resettle.



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