On Wednesday, 20 March, Australia announced the cutting of annual intake of immigrants in the country by 15% as well as barring some groups of newcomers from residing in the country’s largest cities for the first three years as a way of controlling urban congestion.
Population growth in some Australian cities is causing serious concerns for citizens who appear to be frustrated over congestion as well as house prices and Prime Minister Scott Morrison hopes to use this to his advantage as he is seriously lagging behind in polls leading to the federal election in May.
Current yearly intake of immigrants stands at 190,000, but Morrison has announced a 15% drop meaning only 160,000 will now be received yearly as a solution to a problem that Australians wanted to be solved.
This cut comes at a time Australia as a nation is reflecting on its immigration policies following the Muslim massacre in New Zealand that sees Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, charged with murder.
The debates concerning population and immigration programs are often hijacked by individuals who have their own agenda, Morrison said. He expressed his great frustration at this and is not in support of such ways.
A report released in September 2018 revealed that a whopping 63% of Sydney residents want the number of immigrants entry in the country’s biggest city curbed.
According to the Prime Minister, the cap has provision for up to 23,000 migrants who could enter the country via a new skilled visa. After residing outside of Australia’s largest cities for at least 3 years, these migrants will be eligible for permanent residency.
Immigration Minister, David Coleman emphasized that they will not be allowed to live in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and the Perth – Australia’s biggest cities with overutilization of infrastructures.
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