In­cen­tives to mi­grants

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

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.

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