While skilled migration can help fill short-term gaps, Australia needs a more sustainable, long-term approach to skills matching and development to make the most of the people who are already here.
Australia used to prioritise family migrants over skilled workers. But now, it takes up to 21 months for partner visas to be approved – and 30 years for parents.
Vietnamese migrants at a multicultural event near Perth. Migrants in our survey who assimilated to Australian culture reported having higher personal well-being than those who didn’t.
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A resent research survey found assimilation can not only help migrants be happy in the short term, but it can help combat social isolation in their old age.
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The British government’s immigration plans may be long-awaited, but they have not come at a good time.
A protest outside the Home Office in early May against the immigration regime.
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The UK’s general grounds for refusal of highly skilled migrants – explained.
Up to 40% of recent immigrants in Australia are overeducated, making it hard for them to find suitable employment.
Hundreds of thousands of migrants have come through Australia’s skilled migrant program. But we are wasting many of their skills.
Point Cook is an example of the ‘super-diverse ethnoburbs’ that are home to new migrants of relatively high socioeconomic status from a mix of many countries.
Australia has had a large influx of skilled migrants in recent decades. Better educated and more highly paid than past generations of migrants, they are also creating a different sort of community.
The 8 million illegal workers currently in the US workforce contribute to US output, mainly in low-skilled jobs.
Many US voters appear to believe that deporting illegal immigrants would boost job opportunities and wages for US workers. But economic modelling suggests different conclusions.
Africa has produced some incredible academics who are based elsewhere but want to contribute to their home continent.
There is a powerful African- born diaspora in North America and its members have much to offer their home continent. How should this relationship be crafted?
The great Australian success story of Frank Lowy and many others like him would not have happened had Australia not accepted penniless refugees.
The problem with auctioning immigration places is that it puts the focus on short-term revenue-raising, rather than immigration’s more important medium- to long-term nation-building role.
These documents have become less sought after among the ranks of the 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.
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…
Federal government plans to axe several types of family visas could mean that for some, being able to reunite their families in Australia could become a thing of the past.
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This afternoon, the Australian Senate will be asked to vote on a Greens disallowance motion, which seeks to stop the Abbott government repealing several types of family visas. These include: the Parent…
Backpackers make up a hidden stream of labour in Australia. But what makes a ‘good’ migrant for policy-makers, and why is there a distinction?
In his short period in office so far, prime minister Tony Abbott has been taken to task on two issues with important neighbours: asylum seeker boats arriving from Indonesia, and the rights of New Zealanders…
Skilled migrants are playing a crucial role in the success of Australia’s resources boom, a Central Queensland University…