Australia increases permanent immigration from 35,000 to 195,000

Home Secretary Clare O’Neil said many of the “best and brightest minds” were choosing to migrate to Canada, Germany and Britain instead of Australia.

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The Australian government announced on Friday that it would increase its number of permanent immigrants from 35,000 to 195,000 in the current financial year, as the country grapples with skills and labor shortages. .

Home Secretary Clare O’Neil announced the increase for the year ending June 30, 2023, at a two-day summit of 140 representatives from government, labour, business and industry. industry to address skills shortages exacerbated by the pandemic.

O’Neill said Australian nurses had been working double and triple shifts for two years, flights were being canceled due to a lack of ground staff and fruit was rotting on the trees because there was no no one to pick them.

“Our focus is always Australian jobs first, and that’s why much of the summit focused on training and engaging women and other marginalized groups,” O’Neil said.

“But the impact of COVID has been so severe that even if we exhaust all other avenues, we will still be several thousand workers short, at least in the short term,” she added.

O’Neil said many of the “best and brightest minds” choose to migrate to Canada, Germany and Britain instead of Australia.

She described Australia’s immigration program as “devilishly complex” with more than 70 unique visa programs.

Australia would establish a panel to rebuild its immigration program in the national interest, she said.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced on Thursday, the first day of the Jobs and Skills Summit, that 180,000 free places would be offered in vocational schools next year at a cost of $1.1 billion Australians ($748,000) to address the skills shortage in the country.

Australia imposed some of the strictest international travel restrictions of a democratic country for 20 months at the start of the pandemic and gradually reopened to skilled workers from December last year.

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