03 September 2009

High Australian immigration levels needed says report

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The Australian Federal Government plans to maintain record high immigration levels by bringing in up to 230,000 migrants annually over the next 40 years, according to a new report on skilled immigration to Australia.

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Australian immigration needs to be maintained at high levels says report.

This number is almost the same number of people emigrating to Australia as last year's record intake.

The issues paper, Select Skills: Principles for a New Migration Occupations in Demand List, said Australia needed to maintain an annual migration intake of between 150,000 and 230,000 people to deal with the ageing of the workforce.

"Within the framework, it will be important that those skilled migrants we choose are not only young and healthy, but also have a high level of education, language and skills," the issues paper said.

Immigration Minister, Senator Chris Evans said this week that recent changes to Australian skilled migration rules were helping to fill critical skill gaps.

"A properly targeted migration program will ensure we have the right-sized and appropriately skilled labour force," he said.


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