11 August 2008
Australian PM Kevin Rudd invited to Philippines to discuss immigration
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo invited Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to speak at the Global Forum on Migration and Development and the Philippine-Australian Ministerial Meeting both being held in Manila during October, reports GMA News.
Ms Arroyo and Mr Rudd held bilateral talks in Beijing over the weekend, which included a discussion about migration and development. According to the Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, President Arroyo invited Mr Rudd to visit the country while the forum and meeting are taking place.
The purpose of the meetings is to improve and manage the regular movement of people between the countries and increase border security.
The Australian Government is currently holding extensive talks with several other countries in the South-East Asian region. Last week, Indonesia and Malaysia were included in a working holiday reciprocal agreement, meaning that young students from either country can work and live in the other country for a maximum of twelve months provided they meet certain criteria.
Romulo said around 200,000 Filipinos have moved to Australia using the skilled migration program and are working mostly in jobs from the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) such as engineers, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and businessmen.
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Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.