The Federal Government, namely Petter Dutton, is proposing immigration rate cuts, with cuts expected to be close to 30,000 migrants.
A review of the current cap and program will also propose only those who can actively contribute to the economy to be accepted.
It is expected the policy changes will be announced in December, whereby migrants will be forced to work for five years in Australia’s regional towns, before being granted permanent residency.
“It is a migration country, it is a country that relies totally on that…”
The shift away from family migration towards skills migration is problematic, as over many years people have been brought into Australia, but are now being denied the right to be with their family.
“It’s a basic human right to be with your family,”
Suresh Rajan, from the Ethnic Communities Council, believes placing skilled migrants into regional areas will only work if proper infrastructure and services are put in place.
Mr Rajan said there are already problems with infrastructure in every regional town as various services are not available there, causing people to travel great distances to have access to health care and education services.
“We only need to have the sustainability for a short period of time, because that migration population actually creates the sustainability for the future,”
“They’re working in those towns and all of a sudden they’re sustaining that growth in that region,” Mr Rajan said.
He also commented that many of these migrants come from similar backgrounds of work and would assimilate into those situations easily.
“So if they’re an agrarian background person and we’ve got the infrastructure in the region, I have no issue whatsoever, I would applaud the government in doing it,”
Mr Rajan said immigration is important for young people as our country is developing a culture of it’s own into the future.
He explained young people have a far more accepting approach, they are the people that do not see someone as their race, they simply see them as friends.
“It’s very much a different environment in what they’ve grown up with as opposed to people who came years before,” he stated.
Mr Rajan finished by saying Australia is becoming more and more multicultural and further change will happen soon.