Australia loves migrants, and the more migrants-especially those who are skilled-move to the hotspot, the better it is for the government and the country. But the government is not keen that the migrants settle only in the two top Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney, as it, allegedly, leads to congestion and other issues.
Besides, the crowding of these and some other leading Australian cities also results in the haphazard growth of the nation with most comparatively smaller towns and cities, not to mention and rural areas and the cut-off regions of the country, not getting the fruits of migration and lagging behind in growth.
No wonder, the Australian administration and Alan Tudge, the concerned minister for citizenship and multicultural affairs, reportedly, want to do some ‘course correction’ and improve the situation on this front.
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It says that the Australian population has crossed the 25 million mark, and it is high time the government motivates new migrants to reside and do a job outside Sydney and Melbourne against the backdrop of the situation mentioned above.
Available data shows that out of the 111,000 new trained migrants, who shifted to the hotspot during the year gone by, the biggest chunk of permanent arrivals – a staggering 87% - settled in the two biggest Australian cities.
Given this, as per Tudge, a higher geographic spread of migration-to ease the HUGE load on accommodation and infrastructure-is the need of the hour.
Favoring a better spread of migration, the minister reportedly added that in case the population is distributed much more evenly, these two cities would not battle severe congestion pressures as is the case presently.
He added that presently close to all migration is to the two biggest Australian cities. In the meantime, many other parts of the nation-such as South Australia for example-want more people. The specific region needs an additional 15,000 migrants a year. Similarly, numerous regional areas are keen to welcome a large number of additional migrants in their areas. Likewise, Western Victoria is also battling a scarcity of migrants as shown by a new front-page headline brought out for the region that says it requires 1,000 workers.
The minister repeated the government’s position that the Kangaroo Land depends on a significant intake of skilled migrants. To make this observation, he used Treasury numbers that exhibit that a 1% jump in populace shows a relationship with a 1% rise in the GDP. Allegedly, Migrants swell the tax base, fill work openings, and also cut down the median working age.
The minister added that the administration was exploring certain formal schemes to move migration to regional areas in pressing the requirement for particular skills.
As per the Australian Bureau of Statistics (BOS), the nation’s population has crossed the 25 million mark even as accounting for births, deaths, influxes and exits, every 83 seconds, a new individual gets added to the nation’s populace.
Oz Goes Beyond Population Forecasts Frequently
Significantly, time and again, Australia has exceeded the population forecasts.
During 1998, the ABS reportedly predicted that, on the basis of the hypotheses of low growth, the population would reach 23.5 million by 2051 though the number was touched as early as in July 2014, a high 33 years before.
Similarly, in four intergenerational reports, the Australian Productivity Commission reportedly misjudged population increase. During 2002, the Kangaroo Land was not forecasted to reach 25 million people until 2032. This is another matter that long before during 2007, it was forecasted to touch that figure in 2024. The 2015 report was considerably updated with a new estimated migration rate, to fulfill the real rate of growth.
The previous year’s permanent migration intake was 163,000-the lowest figure in 10 years and notably down from the 190,000 the same had been since 2012.
Reportedly, the nation’s migration plan has witnessed a big movement in 20 years or so since the starting of John Howard’s premiership, with numerous major key trends surfacing with these being the important ones, namely, a BIG jump in the yearly intake of permanent migration – from 85,000 in 1996 to over 200,000 in some years this century; and the surfacing of India & China- by a long way-as the two most important (in terms of volume) sources of migrants.