Incentives to migrants
IMMIGRATION Minister David Coleman says he is looking “very closely” at what he can do to get more migrants to move to regional Australia, including simplifying the visa process.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week signalled plans to slow the intake of some migrants and to encourage new arrivals to settle outside of the congested major cities.
Mr Coleman said giving immigrants good reasons to move to regional areas and ensuring they remain where they said they will is key. “I don’t want to get into specifics about particular visas ... but what I would say is that it’s about creating the right structure,” he said yesterday.
Mr Coleman said he is “not so much focused” on the overall number of immigrants coming in as meeting the nation’s regional and economic needs. About 87 per cent of migrants move to Melbourne or Sydney.