28 May 2008
Australia works with other countries to improve immigration
The Australian government is working with other countries to improve the immigration and border control systems in the country. Senator Chris Evans, the Immigration and Citizenship Minister, said the country is looking to build on existing relationships with over 20 countries to improve the Australian immigration system.
Senator Evans said: "Working closely with other countries on migration issues is part of our comprehensive approach to border management and a key component of the government's strategy to maximise the benefit to Australia of our migration program." He added: "Australia is also an active participant in regional meetings that have a focus on migration."
The improvement of inter-country relationships was highlighted by a recent visit from Vietnamese immigration officials, who would be briefed on Australian visa applications and passport arrangements.
The Australian Government regularly works with countries like the United Kingdom on migration issues, as well. Recent statistics from the British government have shown that more people from the UK are opting for Australian immigration, with 83,000 having move to the country in the past decade.
Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.