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Immigration to Target Regional Dispersal

On 7 May the Australian immigration minister announced the 2002-03 Migration Program which will be the largest and most highly skilled in over a decade. Total places are in the range of 100,000 to 110,000. There is increased emphasis on skilled migrants to help ensure skill shortages did not hold back the Australian economy as it moved into another phase of strong growth.

The pass mark for all independent skilled applications received after 7 May will be increased by five points. This will be associated with other measures to improve the dispersal of the intake to regional Australia and take the pressure of the major cities.

This announcement has once again reignited the debate on Population policy in Australia with an editorial and several lead articles in today's Financial Review. See also our News item on 26 February 2002 on the Melbourne Population Summit

Posted Wednesday, 8 May 2002

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