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25 April, 2024
 
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Australia plans drastic cut in migration to fix ''broken'' system

The focus of the new measures is on skilled workers, with improved pathways for those possessing essential skills

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Australia's government is set to implement a substantial reduction in its annual migration intake, aiming to address housing and infrastructure challenges.

According to a report in BBC News, the ambitious plan, unveiled as part of a new decade-long immigration strategy, targets a 50% reduction in the intake to 250,000 by June 2025, aligning it with pre-pandemic levels.

The overhaul includes stricter visa rules for international students and low-skilled workers.

Home Affairs Minister Clare O'Neil criticized the prior government for leaving the migration system "in tatters," emphasizing the need for major reform.

The focus of the new measures is on skilled workers, with improved pathways for those possessing essential skills. The government aims to balance addressing workforce needs while maintaining control over migration numbers.

Critics argue that the move may be too late, while others contend that migrants are unfairly scapegoated for broader housing and policy issues. The plan reflects the ongoing challenges in managing migration amid economic recovery and housing concerns.

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