May Newsletter

Message from the director

Does increased population create economic growth?

For many years it has been the opinion of some that immigration to SA should not increase or be put on hold as we don’t have enough jobs to support the local labour market.

Immigration and population growth is often viewed negatively, however, I firmly believe that we should adopt and embrace a more targeted and specific migration programme in order to grow our population, reduce the aging demographic of our State, create new jobs and training opportunities and to increase economic activity and confidence in the SA economy. 

The Migration Council of Australia report titled 'The Economic impact of migration' states, "For too long the economic contribution of migration to Australia has been significantly undervalued".

The Immigration Departments 'reviewing the skilled migration and 400 series visa programmes' discussion paper states, "migration to Australia has been critical in supporting economic development and sustaining Australia's labour market needs".

Michael Pezzullo, Secretary of Department of Immigration and Border Protection in his speech ‘Immigration and Nation Building in Australia: Looking Back, Looking Forward said, “a permanent migration programme is so crucial for our long-term economic prosperity and our demographic health.”

The DIBP secretary also emphasised the importance of a targeted migration program.   "If a nation's immigration programme is well crafted and targeted, and migrants enjoy high levels of economic participation, as distinct from high levels of social exclusion and welfare-dependency, immigration has beneficial impacts in terms of growth in the demand for goods and services; increases in national income, and living standards; improved labour participation; expansion of the economy's productive capacity; and growth in household consumption and public revenues," Mr Pezzullo said.

The 2015 Inter-generational Report (IGR) has revealed that migration will be the key to tackling Australia’s ageing population.  The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that South Australia had one of the oldest populations in Australia.

Currently SA’s population growth is 0.9% against the national average of 1.5%, in real terms this represents an annual increase in SA of approximately 14,300 people against 354,600 nationally.

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Feature stories
Migrants to save the next generation

The 2015 Inter-generational Report (IGR) has revealed that migration will be the key to tackling Australia’s ageing population..

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Looking back and looking forward on immigration

Australia is set to surpass the 185,000 permanent migrants’ record it set in 1969 this year.

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SA's jobless rate not an April Fools' joke

South Australia had the highest rate of unemployment in the nation for the month of April, with a 0.7 per cent jobless rate increase.

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More immigration news
Record fine for 457 sponsor breaches

A Darwin-based hospitality business was imposed the largest ever civil penalty under the Migration Act for breaching the sponsorship obligations for a subclass 457 visa programme.

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Changes to Visa Application Charges in 2015

In last week’s budget the Federal Government announced that the cost of applying for most Australian visas will increase from 1 July 2015.

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Financial migration model for a better economy

Australia's Federal Government Productivity Comission proposed a price-based immigration system on May 1, which would allow migrants to pay their way to immigrate to Australia

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The £10,000 'Poms' 

On the back of the Productivity Commission's proposed price- based immigration system, New South Wales Senator David Leyonhjelm has urged Australians to change the way we see migrants.

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Australia's Biggest Morning Tea migrates to our boardroom

Migration Solutions took part in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday May 28, raising much needed funds for the Cancer Council’s vital research, prevention and support service programmes.

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“We would like to say thank you for all the support!! We're so grateful for all your help and for everything from the bottom of our hearts! This marks again as another important milestone in our life!! Thank you Migration Solutions! Thank you Ms Vanessa! Thank you Mr Mark Glazbrook!”

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Visa Grant of the Month
Permanent residency birthday present

Rajvinder Kaur had the best 26th birthday present when she was recently granted a Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190).

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Migration in the Media
Listed below are the top 5 stories posted on Migration Solutions social media channels last month.  

1. Darwin business fined $175,000 for exploiting and underpaying foreign workers on 457 visas
- 'NT News'

2. Close to half of SA’s international students want to live and work in Adelaide after they graduate
-'The Advertiser'

3. South Australia is attracting just 2.1 per cent of Significant Investor Visa applicants to the state
- 'The Advertiser'

4. China trade forum: Shandong Province serious about SA investment
- 'The Advertiser'

5. Taskforce to target working holiday visa fraud
- 'The Australian'
Staff profile
Paul Bidmeade

Paul is the Digital Media Officer here at Migration Solutions. He is responsible for the production of the online content at Migration Solutions. This includes updating the company platforms, posting relevant news content and policy updates on our Facebook page, Twitter feed, enewsletter and ofcourse our website.

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