A possie in Aussie

August 31, 2009

Senator Evans wants to market Australia to migrants

Filed under: Immigrant workers,migration,PR — Nayano @ 12:16 pm
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Senator Evans says Australia needs a rational immigration debate, beyond the hysteria about the few hundred boat people who arrive each year.

”The annual figure this year [for skilled permanent migration] was, say, 115,000, but more than 500,000 came into the country. They came in as students, temporary workers, working holidaymakers … but the public still focuses on the 115,000 as if it’s got anything to do with reality and my attempts to have a more sophisticated debate about this have totally failed.”

Decisions about who came to Australia would be increasingly left to employers although, conversely, Australia would also be competing for the most highly skilled migrants. Senator Evans said to do that successfully the impacts of record high immigration on our liveability had to be tackled.

”In Australia we’ve got this sense of, ‘Well, we’re the lucky country’ and … people will naturally come here, and that’s still true to an extent. But other countries … are increasingly marketing themselves too.”

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  1. The only real proviso is to ensure that people migrate to Australia for the lifestyle, to share in an egalitarian, open and multicultural society that they will have to opportunity contribute to. The get rich quick people, the religious fundamentalists, and the far right political types can try the US instead ;).

    Comment by Robert — September 1, 2009 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

    • Absolutely. We have enough of our own! 🙂

      Comment by nayano — September 1, 2009 @ 5:36 pm | Reply

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