In the repercussions of the Covid-19 epidemic crisis, Australia is facing a shortage of employment, which prompted it to move towards changing its immigration policy. The authorities announced Friday that they will increase the number of permanent immigrants from 35,000 to 195,000 in the current fiscal year.
Australian authorities have announced that they will increase their number of permanent immigrants from 35,000 to 195,000 in the current fiscal year as they look to shift their focus toward long-term immigrants, easing the burden somewhat on companies suffering from a widespread labor shortage.
Its policy to combat the Covid-19 epidemic has created a crisis, as Australia closed its borders for nearly two years during the height of the pandemic, but those strict rules and the exodus of foreign workers and students have left companies struggling to find employees and keep their businesses running.
“Covid is presenting us with an opportunity to reform our immigration system that we will never go back to again. I want us to take this opportunity,” Home Affairs Secretary Claire O’Neill said during a government jobs meeting.
He notes that Australia’s unemployment rate is now at a 50-year low of 3.4 percent, but high inflation means real wages are falling.
The companies urged the government to raise the maximum annual immigration from 160,000, prompting it to make temporary changes to close the employment gap.
Australia has been competing with other advanced economies to attract more skilled employees from abroad with many countries looking to relax immigration rules.