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Brexit campaigners argue an Australian-style skilled migration system would limit migration and benefit the UK economy. Reuters/Stefan Rousseau

Explainer: what is Australia’s ‘points system’ for immigration?

If it wins, Leave would strip European Union citizens of the automatic right to live and work in the UK in favour of an Australian-style “points-test” system for skilled workers.
These documents have become less sought after among the ranks of the world’s highly skilled migrants. Shutterstock

US seen losing its share of world’s highly skilled migrants

The United States has always been known as a nation of immigrants and a top destination for scientists and other highly skilled professionals. That ability to attract the world’s most educated and innovative…
Skilled migration policy benefits from a targeted approach. Norbert Löv/Flickr

Employers playing crucial role in skilled migration screening

Ask anyone on the street or in the pub about immigration and they’ll invariably say it’s all about boats, 457s and more boats. But immigration policy is obviously about more than just that, and in parallel…
With 457 visa reform, the Coalition is retracing old and risk-laden territory. Stefan Postles/AAP

457 visa reformers should remember our shady skilled migration history

Temporary labour migration in Australia is a highly vexed issue. On the one hand those advocating a rethink of the 457 visa are accused of “turning away skilled, net-contributors to the Australian project…
The government focus on economic migration has meant increased private sector power over who becomes Australian. Kit/Flickr

Australia has outsourced migration policy to the private sector

Australia’s migration policy has shifted significantly in the past 20 years, leaving a system subject to widespread rorting and controversy. If there is a single lesson to be learnt from the revelations…
The migration industry is out of control, but that doesn’t mean we should give up. Jack Tran/AAP

Skilled migration is in trouble, but don’t shoot the messenger

Recently leaked Immigration department documents reveal considerable rates of visa fraud in the Australian immigration system. This is of grave concern to the Australian public, especially as unemployment…
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Senator Michaelia Cash has kicked off a review of 457 visas, but the Australian Workforce Productivity Agency won’t be playing a role. Stefan Postles/AAP

Skilled migration strategy falls victim to red tape busters

Although few working Australians would be familiar with the work of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, all of us depend on it to some degree. In a shortsighted move, the government has decided…
Hairdressing was once on the Migration Occupation in Demand List, which is again under scrutiny. Alan Porritt/AAP

Governments play flawed ‘skilled jobs’ guessing game

Governments in most countries, including Australia, often feel the need to predict which skills will be in demand and match them with increased supply largely through education planning and migration…

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